Each request for backdating is looked at individually.You must therefore provide all the relevant information to support your request.If you have already made a claim you can ask us separately about backdating.
We can sometimes backdate the start of your Housing Benefit for up to one month before the date you claimed. We can sometimes backdate the start of your Council Tax Support for up to six months before the date you claimed.
In all cases you must have good reason for not claiming sooner, throughout the period that you are requesting backdating for.
FOR HOUSING BENEFIT OR LOCAL HOUSING ALLOWANCE: If you want to know more about the decision or if you think it is wrong, you should get in touch with us within one month from the date of the notification letter or we may not be able to consider any dispute.
You can either ask for an explanation or: FOR COUNCIL TAX REDUCTION If you require more details on any matter set out in the notice or the reasons for the decision you can within one month of the date of the letter request in writing a 'Written Statement of Reasons'.
There are different rules for backdating claims depending on your age.
Your claim will automatically be backdated for a maximum of 3 months depending on your circumstances. From April 2016 you can apply for backdated benefit for a maximum period of 1 month depending on your circumstances.You will be expected to explain your reasons fully and give us evidence to support what you tell us.Most reasons fall into one of the following broad categories, but this is not a full list: If you are making a claim there is a backdating section in our online claim form.When you make a claim for Housing Benefit, Local Housing Allowance and/or Council Tax Reduction over the phone through Jobcentre Plus, we will treat the date of your claim as the same date you contacted Jobcentre Plus.If you are awarded Income Support, Jobseeker's Allowance or Employment and Support Allowance all the benefits will have the same claim date.'Working age' customers are people who are under the qualifying age for State Pension Credit.