Backdating a claim

The rules depend upon whether the claimant is of working age or pension credit age.

A claim for housing benefit for a claimant of working age can be backdated for a maximum of one month.[1]A working age claimant must have a good cause (see below) for her/his late claim throughout the period for which backdating is requested.

You should give as much information as you can for the whole of the time you want your benefit backdated.

If you have more than one reason for not claiming sooner, you must tell us about all those reasons.

It depends on whether or not you have reached the 'qualifying age for State Pension Credit'.

You can see the date you reach this qualifying age on the Government's website.

The council must backdate it if you had a good reason for claiming late.

The completed form will need to be sent to the council offices.

After we have received your claim form we will reply within 14 days.

We can only consider backdating your benefit from the date we receive your request.

A good cause is any reason that stopped you from making a claim for housing benefit or council tax support earlier.

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