Backdating a claim
Backdating a claim
Sometimes we can pay Housing Benefit and/or Council Tax Reduction before the date you claim. If you qualify for Council Tax Reduction, we usually pay it from the Monday after we get your claim or the Monday after your application form was issued, if received within one month.If you are of pensionable age, we are able to consider ‘backdating’ your Council Tax Reduction claim for up to three months automatically.
If you qualify for Housing Benefit, we usually pay it from the Monday after we get your claim or the Monday after your application form was issued, if received within one month.
If you are of pensionable age, we are able to consider ‘backdating’ your Housing Benefit claim for up to three months automatically.
If you are a working age customer and make your request in writing, we may be able to backdate your Housing Benefit claim for up to one month if you can prove you have good reason for not claiming sooner. Good cause must be continuous for the period you want Housing Benefit backdated.
Good causes include: You need to tell us the period you want it backdated for, and give full details of why your claim is late.
We will then consider whether we can backdate your Housing Benefit.
If you don't agree with our decision, you can ask us to look at it again.
Backdating is dating any document by a date earlier than the one on which the document was originally drawn up.Under most circumstances, backdating is seen as fraudulent and illegal, although there are some situations in which backdating can be used in a legal and beneficial way, such as backdating a claim for a past period.Sometimes certain claims (such as insurance claims) can be backdated if the could not be completed at an earlier date, although there must be good reason for neglecting to claim in advance.If your backdated claim is approved, you will be able to receive benefits from a certain date in the past.'Working age' customers are people who are under the qualifying age for State Pension Credit.More about the qualifying age for State Pension Credit Housing Benefit.