After we have received your claim form we will reply within 14 days.
If we refuse your claim for backdating, we will send you details of how to appeal.
Whether you can claim Universal Credit depends on where you live and your circumstances.
I went for my 1st interview and was basically forced to apply for contributions based, but I knew after working 3 years of low paid jobs in the 3 years since leaving university that there wasn't much chance of me having made enough NI contributions. I found out a couple of weeks ago that I didn't have enough contributions and that I should apply for income based. I applied 17th December, 4 days after my job ended. There are many issues here - such as your employer not entering you into the system of N I contributions ...paying you less than minimum wage .sorts. But Job Centre Plus is staffed by notorious clerks who don't know their DLA from their backsides.
(For all the people who will see this and think ' Lazy dole scum stop ripping off the hardworking tax payer', I have been a hardworking tax payer myself, I've just fallen on really bad luck.
Once a debt has lapsed, it cannot be revived - even through a subsequent acknowledgement or payment.
The relevant law is contained within the Limitation Act 1980.