Housing Benefit and/or Council Tax Reduction is normally awarded from the Monday after the day you made your claim.
However, sometimes we can pay from an earlier date. If you are of pension age, your claim is automatically backdated 3 months, as long as you were of pension age throughout the 3 months, or back to the date you reached pension age if this was within 3 months.
We can sometimes backdate the start of your benefit (but not education benefits) up to one month before the date you claimed. This is not a conclusive list and you will be expected to explain your reasons fully and provide supporting evidence.
If you have not yet applied for Housing Benefit and/or Council Tax Support you can request backdating your benefits on the application form by telling us why you have delayed making a claim.
There is no particular definition of 'good reason', but some examples are: As we will usually need some evidence, please provide as much information as you can to help us make our decision.
The date your claim will start depends on how and when you claim HB or CTS.
For HB and CTS we normally start your claim from the Monday after you first made contact with us or the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP), but only if you return a properly completed claim form within one month of us issuing it.
To request backdating either There is no formal definition of 'good cause', each case will be decided according to its own individual situation.
There are no formal time limits on making a backdate request, but the maximum period that a benefit claim can be backdated is 6 months In order for a claim to be backdated we must be satisfied that: You will need to show continuous good cause for not claiming earlier and we must be satisfied that your circumstances, during this time were such that any reasonable person of your age and experience would also have failed to claim benefit.