Can I claim
backdating on my Housing Benefit claim?
A Housing Benefit claim will
normally start from the Monday following the date of first
contact with a designated office, these are our Council Offices,
Department of Work and Pensions and some local housing
However, in certain circumstances it
is possible that your benefit can be awarded for an earlier
period, this is what is called backdated
For anyone under the
State Pension age the maximum period for which a claim can
be backdated is 1 month from the date in which the
request is made.
For anyone over
the State Pension age we can treat
the claim as being made up to 3 months earlier.
To be considered for Backdated
benefit, there has to be what is known as good
cause. The local authority must be satisfied with the
reasons for the delay in making your claim. Each claim for
backdating benefit is decided on its own merits. Here are some
examples of good cause:
- If you were ill and had
no one to make a claim on your behalf
- If you did not
immediately claim (or reclaim) HB after a stay in hospital
- If you were wrongly
advised by an official person that you were not entitled to HB
- If you could not have
reasonably been expected to know, for example: where there may have
been a change in the law.
- If you are unable to
manage your own affairs and do not have an appointee
How do I request backdating Housing
- You can complete the section
(Backdating) on your Housing Benefit application form.
- You can write to us confirming
the date you wish your Housing Benefit claim to
be backdated from and confirm the reasons for the
delay in making your original claim.
- Alternatively, you can complete a backdated
benefit application form, Backdating Application
What information do I need to
To be able to make an assessment on the period you have
requested backdating Housing Benefit, you will need to
provide proof of your income and capital for that
Council Tax Support
If you would like to be considered for
backdating on your Council Tax Support,
please click here for information.
|Housing Benefit & Council Tax
|Telephone: (01902) 696668
||South Staffordshire Council Offices
|Fax: (01902) 696630
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