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With effect from 1st April 2016, if you are of working age, the maximum period that a Housing Benefit claim can be backdated is one month.
If you are of working age we can backdate a Council Tax Support claim up to six months.
If you are of qualifying age for State Pension Credit, your claim for either Housing Benefit or Council Tax Support can be backdated three months from the date you made your claim.
We will normally start your claim from the Monday after we receive your application form. You can ask for your claim to be backdated if there is a reason why you were unable to apply for your benefit earlier.
Request for backdated benefit
In order for a claim to be backdated you will have to show 'good cause' why you did not apply earlier.
The 'good cause' must have existed continuously during the period of your backdate request. Some examples of when you may have good cause are:
If you did not immediately claim after leaving hospital
If you were ill and had no-one to make a claim on your behalf
If you did not understand that you could claim benefit perhaps because of age or language difficulties
If you have suffered a recent family bereavement
You will need to provide evidence of your income and capital and circumstances for the period of your backdating request.
Benefits Team Blaby District Council Council Offices Desford Road Narborough Leicester LE19 2EP
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