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Can I claim backdated benefit?

If you wish to claim backdated benefit you will have to show 'good cause' as to why you failed to claim earlier.

The maximum period that a claim can be backdated depends upon your age, and is subject to good cause criteria.

  • If you are of State Pension age the maximum period that your Housing Benefit claim can be backdated for is three months. The maximum period that your Council Tax Reduction Scheme claim can be backdated is three months
  • If you are of working age the maximum period that your Housing Benefit claim can be backdated for is one month. The maximum period that your Council Tax Reduction Scheme claim can be backdated is three months

You must claim for backdating promptly, and provide reasons for not submitting your claim earlier. The Council will then decide whether you have shown continuous good cause for failing to claim earlier. You will be notified in writing of the outcome of your backdating request. 

If you're not sure whether you qualify, please contact the Benefits office.