Reasons for backdating
For example, if you were in hospital and made a claim as soon as possible after leaving hospital, we would treat this as continuous good cause.If you however made a claim one month after being discharged from hospital, you may not be considered as having good cause for making a late claim and backdated Housing Benefit will not be awarded.Claims for housing benefit can only be backdated for 1 month for working age claimants.Pensioner claims can be backdated for up to 6 months.Your request must be in writing and this can be done either by: We can backdate your Housing Benefit for a maximum of one month from the date you submitted your backdate request.We may be able to pay you Housing Benefit for up to three months before the date you claimed.You will then have the right of revision or appeal against our decision not to backdate your claim.This must be made within one calendar month starting from the day after the date of our letter telling you we have not backdated your claim.
Contact can be in person, by phone, email or in writing.
You have to prove "good cause" but we must take account of all the facts of your case.
Some examples of when you may have "good cause" are: Your claim will be considered by a Benefits Officer.
The date your claim will start depends on how and when you claim HB or CTS.
For HB and CTS we normally start your claim from the Monday after you first made contact with us or the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP), but only if you return a properly completed claim form within one month of us issuing it.
We will usually need to see proof of the things you tell us about.