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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.

There are no formal time limits on making a backdate request, but the maximum period that a benefit claim can be backdated depends upon your circumstances.

The main rule is as follows:

  • If you are claiming Pension Credit the maximum period that your claim can be backdated for is 3 months
  • If you are aged less than 64 years of age the maximum period that your claim can be backdated for is 6 months 

However if you are a man aged 60- 64 special rules apply:

  • If you or your partner are claiming income support or Job Seekers Allowance (income based) the maximum period that your claim can be backdated for is 6 months
  • If you or your partner are not claiming income support or Job Seekers Allowance (income based) the maximum period that your claim can be backdated for is 3 months

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