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Housing Benefit or Council Tax Support is usually awarded from the Monday after the day we receive your claim. Sometimes help can be provided from an earlier date if you have good reason(s) for not claiming earlier. This is called backdating.
If you require help from an earlier date, you must tell us in writing when you want this from and why you did not claim earlier. Please supply proof to support this. Sometimes it may be necessary to write back to you for more information and evidence in support of your claim.
For Working Age customers' Housing Benefit claims can only be backdated for a maximum of one month. This period is extended to a maximum of up to six months for Council Tax Support claims.
This period begins from the date your request for a backdated claim is received by the Benefits Section. In order for a claim to be backdated, we must be satisfied that:
When good cause applies
Examples of when you may have good cause include (please note, this list is not exhaustive):
For Pension Credit age customers, no good cause is required. It should be noted the maximum period that we are able to backdate a claim is three months.
We will write to you telling you what the decision is. If the decision is taken that you have not shown good cause and we are unable to backdate your claim, the reasons for this will be explained in our letter. You have a right of Appeal Against this Decision.
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