Backdating of Carer Element

Can someone please clarify if its correct that if a UC claimant claims Cares Allowance and entitlement is backdated to date the person they care for is awarded the qualifying benefit [and they have claimed CA within 3 months of the decision] that the carer element is only included in the assessment period they notify UC.  And no backdating awarded?

What if they have notified UC they were caring previously but not entitled to the carer element until decision on qualifying benefit received?  Shouldn’t the carer element then be backdated?

Also is payment of CA no longer offset to avoid overpayments as it was for legacy benefits?


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