Backdating Claims

Please complete the online application form if you wish to have your Benefit claim considered for a backdate. The application form can be found at the bottom of this page.


Please note: the online backdate application form is only to be used where you already have a claim in payment and you wish for this claim to be backdated, it can not be used to make a new claim for Housing Benefit and/or Council Tax Reduction.

Generally, Housing Benefit and/or Council Tax Reduction cannot be paid for any period prior to a claim being received by the Benefits Section. However, if there are special circumstances, the Benefits Section can consider backdating your claim.

If you are working age (aged less than state pension credit age)

If you want the Benefits Section to consider backdating your claim you must complete the section at the end of this form stating why you were unable to claim any earlier. You must prove that there was 'good cause' for not making an earlier claim. This 'good cause' must be present for the whole of the period that you want backdated.

The maximum time that the Benefits Section can backdate a claim is 6 months. This time is from the date that the application for backdating is actually made.

Some examples of 'good cause' are shown below:

  • If you did not immediately claim (or reclaim) Housing Benefit and/or Council Tax Reduction after leaving hospital
  • If you were ill and could not make a claim and could not ask anyone to make the claim on your behalf
  • If you could not reasonably have been expected to know your rights. For example where there have been detailed changes in the law
  • If you did not understand that you could claim, perhaps because of age, inexperience, language difficulties or difficulty in understanding technical documents
  • If you were wrongly advised by an official body that you were not entitled to Housing Benefit and/or Council Tax Reduction
  • If you were unable to manage your affairs and did not have an appointee

If you are state pension credit age

If you want the Benefits Section to consider backdating your claim you must state the date you wish your claim to be backdated to. You do not need to supply 'good cause' for the delay in making a claim.The maximum time that the Benefits Section can backdate a claim is 3 months. This time is from the date that the application for backdating is actually made.

Example:
Mrs Smith, aged 67, makes a claim for benefit on 1 December 2011. She states that she was ill for the period 1 August 2011 to 1 December 2011 and would like her benefit to be backdated for that period. She has proof from her doctor of her illness.

Although the period of sickness started in August 2011 the Benefits Section can only award the backdated benefit from 1 September 2011 which is 3 months before the date that the application is made (i.e. 1 December 2011). The backdated award will be paid up to 1 December 2011 when Mrs Smith recovered from her illness.