Benefit backdating rules

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If you are over pensionable age we will automatically backdate your claim for up to 3 months providing you qualify for Housing Benefit and or a Council Tax Reduction during that period. We may however need to see proof of your income and capital for the last 3 months.Further information is available in the Advice on Backdating Benefit Leaflet.If we have decided that you have not shown "good cause" and that we cannot backdate your claim, the reasons for this will be explained in our letter.

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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 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.

The aim of this section is to provide general guidance on backdating any entitlement under the Housing Benefit and Council Tax Reduction schemes.

If you are under pensionable age we can backdate your benefit by up to 1 month in the case of Housing Benefit and by up to 3 months in the case of the Council Tax Reduction scheme if you can show that: We will also need evidence of your income for the period you want the benefit backdated to (for example payslips) and any other information which you think may help your case (such as a letter from your doctor, if you were ill at the time).

Contact can be in person, by phone, email or in writing.

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