Council tax benefit backdating regulations
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.
Read the instructions the rules on backdating benefit below.
If you wish to make a claim for backdated benefit / reduction you need to: Complete the backdated claims section of the application form and tell us why you wish to claim backdated benefit / reduction, the date you want to claim from and your reasons for not applying at the time.
Housing Benefit and Council Tax Support normally start from the Monday after you claim.
Pension age claimants are treated differently when considering backdated periods.
The maximum period claims for Housing Benefit and Council Tax Reduction can be backdated is three months but this will be applied automatically, without having to show good cause for not claiming earlier.
We can backdate HB or CTS if you can prove that there is good cause or reason(s) why you were unable to apply for your benefit earlier.