Council tax benefit backdating rules

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Ask for your housing benefit claim to be backdated as soon as you can, if you are of working age.

You can make your request when you fill in your housing benefit claim form.

We can backdate your Council Tax Support application for up to 6 months, and your Housing Benefit claim for up to 1 month, but you must be able to give good reasons for not making your claim earlier - such as being seriously ill and having nobody to make your claim for you.

Not knowing about Housing Benefit or Council Tax Support is not normally a good reason for backdating.

We cannot backdate your claim for more than 3 months, even if you would have qualified for Housing Benefit or Council Tax Support if you had applied for it.

If you are under pension credit age, you need to make a written request for backdating.

You can download a backdating request form (PDF 53KB) to help you provide the information needed.

Telephone: 03 Email: [email protected] Please quote your benefit claim reference in all correspondence – your claim reference is either an 8 digit number starting with 900, or a 5 digit number.

From 1 April 2016, the maximum period for which Housing Benefit claims may be backdated for working age claimants is reduced from six months to one month. Working age claimants will still need to demonstrate continuous good cause throughout the period for which they are requesting backdating.

You can find it on any letter we’ve sent about your Housing Benefit or Council Tax Support.

Your housing benefit can be backdated for up to three months if you are of pension credit age. You don't have to give reasons for not claiming earlier.

If you make a claim, please provide as much information and evidence as you can.

The maximum period that a benefit claim can be backdated is one month for working age claims from 1 April 2016.

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