Ok, I applied for carers allowance on 3rd of July this year. After 6 weeks, we were approved for the health care card but not the payment. At the time of applying, we were still waiting for formal diagnosis but had all the reports from specialists saying extremely strong chance of autism. Was just a case of waiting for the appointment. I appealed the decision with new medical report from paed saying that child now had formal diagnosis of classic autism diagnosis (apparently automatic qualifier.) My question is I was told that they can back pay you for up to 13 weeks. Does that start from the date I applied? Or the approval date? Also if the 13 weeks is approved, that would take me back to last financial year. Does that mean I would be eligible for the carers bonus? Trying to work out budgets atm so I can start speech and occupational therapy with my son ASAP. Also how long do they usually take for the appeal? Really hoping its not another 6 weeks.