Get your claim form or letter to us as soon as possible because it affects the date your benefit claim will start from.
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.
You have to prove "good cause" but we must take account of all the facts of your case.
Some examples of when you may have "good cause" are: Your claim will be considered by a Benefits Officer.
Working age claimants will still need to demonstrate good cause throughout the period for which they are requesting backdating.
Backdating - Council Tax Support - Working Age With effect from 1 April 2017, the maximum period for which Council Tax Support claims may be backdated for working age claimants reduces from three months to one months.
Housing Benefit and Council Tax Support is normally paid from the Monday after we receive your claim.
If there has been a good reason why you could not complete or get your form to us sooner, then you can ask for your claim to be 'backdated' to an earlier date.
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.
If the form is not returned in that time, the claim will start from the Monday after we get your claim form.
Housing benefit and Local Housing Allowance are normally paid from the Monday after we receive your claim, however, claims can sometimes be backdated to start from an earlier date.
There are different rules for backdating claims depending on your age.