However, unlike pension age claims, you must show that you had good reason (also referred to as “good cause”) for not claiming earlier.
However, occasionally, some customers will want it paid from an earlier date, in other words, they want us to 'backdate' their reduction.
Backdating is sometimes possible but it can only be done in limited circumstances so it is always best to make your claim as soon as possible.
The maximum period a Housing Benefit claim can be backdated for working age customers is one month from the date you request it.
The maximum period a claim for Council Tax Reduction can be backdated for working age customers is six months from the date you request it.
For example don't delay your claim because you can't get the evidence we need.
Send your claim to us and provide the evidence later, but within one month.It is not possible to backdate a claim any further than these periods.In order for a request for backdating to be considered there must be what is called 'good cause' and the council must be satisfied with the reasons you have given for not claiming benefit / reduction at the appropriate time.We can only consider backdating your benefit from the date we receive your request.A good cause is any reason that stopped you from making a claim for housing benefit or council tax support earlier.Before a backdating award can be considered you must be able to prove good cause and show why you did not claim earlier.