Reasons for backdating council tax benefit
If you are experiencing difficulties paying your rent, or you have got into arrears, you may need to make sure you request backdating for an earlier period. Pensioners can have their Housing Benefit claim treated as made up to 3 months earlier, without the need to request backdating.
Read the instructions the rules on backdating benefit below.
The date your claim will start depends on how and when you claim HB or CTS.
For HB and CTS we normally start your claim from the Monday after you first made contact with us or the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP), but only if you return a properly completed claim form within one month of us issuing it.
We can backdate HB or CTS if you can prove that there is good cause or reason(s) 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 within a calendar month of that decision being made.
You will then have the right of revision or appeal against our decision not to backdate your claim.
This must be made within one calendar month starting from the day after the date of our letter telling you we have not backdated your claim.
There is no formal definition of 'good cause' - each case will be decided according to its own individual circumstances.
However, the reason that you give for the delay in submitting your claim must show 'good cause' continuously for the whole of the period that you want your benefit backdating.
Before a backdating award can be considered you must be able to prove good cause and show why you did not claim earlier.