Backdating housing benefit pensioners

If we have decided that you have not shown "good cause" and we cannot backdate your claim, the reasons for this will be explained in our letter.

We can only consider backdating your benefit from the date we receive your request.There are separate rules for pensioners and for people of working age. We just need the information necessary to assess your entitlement and you do not have to show any reasons for not claiming earlier.If you are of working age, the maximum period a claim can be backdated to is 1 month from the time we receive the application.Pensioner claims can be backdated for up to 6 months.In order to backdate Housing and/or Council Tax Support you will have to show continuous 'good cause' for why you did not make your application earlier.

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