I am hoping that someone can answer my query regarding back payments of ESA. I failed an ATOS medical in May 2013 and was told decision on 3/6/13. I then had until 3/7/13 to appeal which I did. My money went down to £71 (the assessment rate) on 24/6/13.
I had a tribunal in January 2014 and won and was put into the support group. My money then went up and I was therefore owed back payments.
However, the money was only backdated to 25/9/13. I rang DWP to query this and was told that the first 13 weeks from when my money went down to £71 a week on 25/6/13 is the assessment phase and the money can only be backdated to 25/9/13.
This is not what I was told whenever I rang the DWP during my appeal, as I kept asking when does the money gets backdated to and was told by everyone I spoke to that the payments would be backdated to 25/6/13 i.e when my appeal started.
Does anyone else have any experience of this and know if this is correct?