Backdating housing benefit and council tax support
You should apply for housing benefit and / or council tax support as soon as you can. If you didn’t manage to submit an application from the date you were entitled we may be able to backdate your claim. Backdating your claim means we will start your claim from the date you were entitled instead of the date we received your application.
How far back can my claim be backdated?
- If you have reached State Pension Credit Age housing benefit and council tax support can be backdated from up to 3 months before you submitted an application
- If you are under State Pension Credit Age your housing benefit can be backdated for up to 1 month and council tax support for up to 3 months
Requesting for your claim to be backdated
To request for you claim to be backdated you will need to submit the request in writing. You will need to state the reason you would like you claim to be backdated and explain the reason you were unable to apply earlier. You will need to have had a good reason for not making your claim earlier.