Reasons for backdating housing benefit

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.

Local Council Tax Support has replaced Council Tax benefit and working age claimants will not be eligible for backdating.

Apply for backdated Housing Benefit We will consider whether you have good cause for not claiming earlier.

Housing Benefit back payments can be paid for a maximum of one month for working age people.

It is always best to make your claim as soon as possible.

Don't delay making your claim because you can't get the evidence we need.

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An example might be a delay due to someone being in hospital and having no one to help them make a claim on time.

For working age people, no backdated payments can be awarded for Council Tax Support.

People who have reached the qualifying age for Pension Credit may have their claim treated as made earlier up to a maximum of three months without having to show good cause.

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

It is therefore very important that you contact as soon as you want to claim.

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