This would mean we can consider paying you for a period up to 3 months before the date we received your application form.This process is not backdating, it is what the law says must happen when you apply.This would be for the period between when you want your award of Housing Benefit to start and when you actually make your claim.If you are over pension credit age, the law requires us to automatically treat your claim for Housing Benefit as being made 3 months before we actually received your claim.Back To Top If you have any questions, please email our benefits team at [email protected] or call our team on 01543 308900.Apply through your local council if you’re only making a new claim for Housing Benefit.We may ask for more evidence or information if it is needed prior to making a decision.Back To Top If you disagree with our decision regarding your backdated benefit claim, you can: For more information about the above please see disputes and appeals.
Back To Top We consider each request on its own merits and the more information you can provide, the better.
In all cases you must have good reason for not claiming sooner, throughout the period that you are requesting backdating for.
It is up to you to show that you had good reason throughout the whole period.
This rule also applies to men over pension credit age but less than aged 65 who are NOT in receipt of Income Support, Job Seeker’s Allowance (Income based) or Employment and Support Allowance (Income Related).
'Working age' customers are people who are under the qualifying age for State Pension Credit.