How to Make Your Benefit/Support Claim
Backdating Your Benefit Claim
Normally we will start your claim from the Monday after we receive your written application.
It is therefore very important that you get your application form or letter to us as soon as possible, because it affects the date your benefit claim will start from.
If we send you an application form we will allow you 4 weeks to complete and return it. If you take longer than 4 weeks to return the form you might lose your entitlement to some of your benefits.
However, under certain circumstances we may be able to backdate your benefit to an earlier date.
The Rules on Backdating Benefit/Support
You can only ask for a backdate of benefit/support if there is good reason why you were unable to apply for your benefit/support earlier. If you disagree with the date your claim starts for any other reason you can appeal against the decision.
In order for a backdate of Council Tax Support to be allowed you will have to show 'good cause' why you did not apply earlier. There is no formal definition of 'good cause', each case will be looked at individually with regard to personal circumstance.
There are no formal time limits on making a backdate request, but the maximum period that a benefit/support claim can be backdated is 6 months for a working age claimant and 3 months for people who are of pension age.
Last updated 27/04/2013
Pages in How to Make Your Benefit/Support Claim
- 1. Claim in Writing
- 2. You are here: Backdating Your Benefit Claim