Can you back date my claim?

How far can you backdate my claim?

By law, we can only backdate housing benefit for a person of working age for up to one month from the date we receive your request for backdating, providing you can demonstrate continuous good cause throughout the whole period. You must clearly state the period you would like us to consider backdating and the reasons that prevented you from making an earlier claim.

The council tax support scheme allows an application for a person of working age to be backdated for up to six calendar months, providing you can demonstrate continuous good cause throughout the whole period.

If you have reached the age for eligibility for state pension credit, we can only backdate three months. However, if you are a man aged between 60 and 64 who receives Income Support or Job Seekers Allowance (income based), or your partner is, you may be able to have your claim backdated six months. If you receive Pension Credit your claim can only be backdated three months.