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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 services.
 
However, in certain circumstances it is possible that your benefit can be awarded for an earlier period, this is what is called backdated benefit. 
 
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 benefit?  

  • 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 Form (doc)

 

What information do I need to provide?

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 period.
 
Without these details an assessment cannot be made and you may lose out on Housing Benefit, for further information see proof required to submit a claim.
 

Council Tax Support

If you would like to be considered for backdating on your Council Tax Support, please click here for information.

 
 

Contacts

 
Housing Benefit & Council Tax Support Enquiries           Revenues & Benefits                     
Telephone: (01902) 696668 South Staffordshire Council Offices
Fax: (01902) 696630 Wolverhampton Road
Email: benefits@sstaffs.gov.uk Codsall
  South Staffordshire
  WV8 1PX

 

 

LGSL No: 68

 

 

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