You need to have a good reason for not claiming at the right time; we call this having or showing 'good cause'.
Thinking that you may not be entitled to benefit or not knowing that you could claim are not normally good reasons for us to be able to backdate your claim.
This applies to all backdating requests made on or after 1 April 2016.
Housing Benefit cannot be backdated for more than one month if the claimant makes their request on or after 1 April 2016 even if this is a belated request linked to a current claim Backdating - Housing Benefit - Pension Age claimants - no change Persons who have attained the qualifying age for state pension credit will retain the three months automatic backdating (not actually backdating) No changes to Good cause The good cause provisions have not changed.
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.
There are limits as to how far back we can go and these time limits start from when we receive your request for backdated benefit.
Backdating - Housing Benefit - Working Age With effect from 1 April 2016, the maximum period for which Housing Benefit claims may be backdated for working age claimants reduces from six months to one month.
Claimants who have attained the qualifying age for state pension credit will retain the three months automatic backdating.(not actually backdating) No changes to Good cause The good cause provisions have not changed.
Good reasons include: These are just some common examples of what is a good reason.
If you think you should get backdated benefit but your circumstances are not listed on this page; contact us for more information or make a claim for backdating.
Yes, you must show that you had a good reason for the whole period that you are asking us to backdate.
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 2016, the maximum period for which Council Tax Support claims may be backdated for working age claimants reduces from six months to three months.