Appeals and Disputes
If there has been a reason which stopped or delayed you applying for Housing Benefit and/or Council Tax Support you can ask for your claim to be 'backdated' so that it starts from an earlier date.
Under Housing Benefit law and our Local Council Tax Scheme your claim for housing benefit and council tax support must be made in writing, either on an application form or by letter. Normally we will start your claim from the Monday after we receive your application form or letter.
It is therefore very important that you get your application form or letter to us as soon as possible because it affects the date your Housing Benefit and Council Tax Support claim will start from. If we send you an application form we will allow you one calendar month to complete and return it.
If you take longer than one calendar month to return the form, you might lose your entitlement to some of your Housing Benefit and/or Council Tax Support.
The rules on backdating benefit
You can only ask for a backdate of Housing Benefit and/or Council Tax Support if there is a reason why you were unable to apply for your benefit earlier. If you disagree with the date your claim starts from for any other reason you can appeal against the decision.
For a backdate of Housing benefit and/or Council Tax Support to be allowed, you will have to show 'good cause' why you did not apply earlier. There is no formal definition of 'good cause', each case will be decided according to its own individual situation.
There are no formal time limits on making a backdate request, but the maximum period that a benefit claim can be backdated is one month from the date we receive the backdate request if you are of working age and 3 months if you are of pensionable age.
- Appeals and Disputes (you are here)
- The Rules on Backdating Benefit