In certain circumstances, it may be possible to award benefit / reduction from an earlier date. The maximum amount of time that your claim can be backdated is different for Housing Benefit and Council Tax Reduction claims.
The maximum period a Housing Benefit claim can be backdated for working age customers is one month from the date you request it.
For example, this would apply if you were ill or in hospital and had no one to make the claim on your behalf.
We cannot award a backdated benefit or reduction claim that is older than one month.
The maximum period a claim for Council Tax Reduction can be backdated for working age customers is six months from the date you request it.
It is not possible to backdate a claim any further than these periods.
This would mean we can consider paying you for a period up to 3 months before the date we received your application form.
If you claimed backdated council tax support, any backdated support will be shown on your council tax bill.
We normally award housing benefit and council tax reduction (CTR) from the first Monday following the date of an application.
If you have made a late application and you want us to backdate your claim, the law requires you to show us that you have demonstrated ‘good cause’.
This would be for the period between when you want your award of Housing Benefit to start and when you actually make your claim.
If you are over pension credit age, the law requires us to automatically treat your claim for Housing Benefit as being made 3 months before we actually received your claim.