The rules for backdating disability elements changed on 6 April 2009.
She applies for tax credits on 8th May 2012 (within one month).
She applies for tax credits on 29th May 2012 (more than one month after notification of her refugee status).
Her tax credits are backdated by only 31 days from the date she applied.
Similarly, if their claim for tax credits is dependent on the qualifying benefit, providing they claim within 31 days (93 days prior to 6 April 2012) of being awarded the benefit they can receive full backdating. She applies for disability living allowance for her daughter Amy in April 2007.
If awarded then Sandra will be entitled to have the child disability element included in her claim.