Backdating a claim
The law allows us to backdate your benefit for upto one month from the date you asked us to, and you must give good reason (good cause) why this should be done.Some examples of good cause are: You will need to complete a claim form, which can be downloaded from the link on the right.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.A claim for housing benefit for a claimant who has attained the age to qualify for pension credit can be backdated for a maximum of three months.The state pension calculator can be used to calculate when a claimant will qualify for pension credit.A pension age claimant does not have to ask for the claim to backdated or to demonstrate a 'good cause' for a late claim.You can send a letter to explain your circumstances. Use our template letter The council writes to you once they've made a decision on your housing benefit claim.
Circumstances in which a claimant's housing benefit can be backdated.
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.
Usually a Housing Benefit claim is paid from the following Monday after it has been received.
However, occasionally, some customers will want it paid from an earlier date, in other words, they want us to 'backdate' their benefit.