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Appealing and Backdating Benefits

Appealing and Backdating Benefits

Backdating claims

Apply for a backdate

What is backdating?

You may be able to get housing benefit for a period before you put in your claim. This is called backdating.

Your housing benefit can be backdated for:

  • three months if you are of pension age
  • one month if you are of working age

Backdating for pension age claimants

Your housing benefit can be backdated for up to three months if you are of pension credit age.

The Council should do this automatically. You don't have give reasons for not claiming earlier.

Your claim for housing benefit won't be backdated for the full three months if you were not of pension credit age or paying rent on your current home for all that time.

If you or your partner have reached pension credit age but are getting income support, income-based JSA or income-related ESA the rules about backdating your housing benefit are the same as for a working age claimant.

Backdating for working age claimants

Your housing benefit can be backdated for up to one month if you are of working age.

You must:

  • ask for your housing benefit claim to be backdated
  • have a good reason for claiming late

If you made your request before 1st April 2016 your housing benefit could be backdated for up to six months.