Backdating housing benefit
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. Requesting for your claim to be backdated To request for you claim to be backdated you will need to submit the request in writing.
In some cases Housing Benefit can be backdated from before the date you claimed.
The longest time we can consider backdated benefit is one month.
We may consider paying backdated benefit if: You can ask for backdated Housing Benefit when you make your claim.
If you wish to ask for your benefit to be backdated after you have applied contact us by email stating the date you wish to claim from and provide as much information as you can to help us to consider your application.
Pensioner claims can be backdated for up to 6 months.
In order to backdate Housing and/or Council Tax Support you will have to show continuous 'good cause' for why you did not make your application earlier.