Reasons for backdating housing benefit
Please contact us if you think your claim should start from an earlier date. If you think you have good cause for making a late claim, you should tell us in writing straight away.
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.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 1 month for customers under 60 years old and 3 months for customers over 60 years old from the date we receive the backdate request. Good causes may include the following, depending on the circumstances.If there has been a reason which stopped or delayed you applying for Council Tax Support you can ask for your claim to be 'backdated' so that it starts from an earlier date.You can only ask for a backdate of benefits if there is a reason why you were unable to apply for your benefit earlier.In this case, we may backdate your benefit to February. If you, or your partner, are of State Pension Credit Age and qualify for Housing Benefit and Council Tax Support (or both), we can backdate your benefit up to 3 months before the date you made your claim (as long as you were entitled to benefit for that period).
However, if you were ill from February to March and had no-one to help you make a claim, but you did not claim until May, we would not backdate benefit to February because you were not ill from March until May and therefore you have not shown continuous good cause. If you are of State Pension Credit Age and you are entitled to benefit from a date before you claimed, we will give you your benefit automatically.
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).
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.
Good reasons include: These are just some common examples of what is a good reason.
Council Tax Support can be backdated for up to 6 months and the same conditions apply.