Reasons for backdating council tax
Housing benefit and Local Housing Allowance are normally paid from the Monday after we receive your claim, however, claims can sometimes be backdated to start from an earlier date.
There are different rules for backdating claims depending on your age.
Some examples of when you may have good cause are: You can do this by writing to the Benefits team using the contact details below.
Your application will be considered by the Benefits Team.
You do not have to apply for backdating, but you may have to supply details of your income and capital for the period concerned.
In all other cases your entitlement can only be backdated for a maximum of 26 weeks from the date of your backdating request.
To request your benefit be backdated you'll need to give good reason why your claim is late.
This is known as 'good cause' and must be continuous for the period you want benefit backdated.
Sometimes it may be necessary to write to you for more information, or to ask you to come in for an informal interview.
You will then have the right of appeal against our decision not to backdate your application.
For details of how to appeal see appeal against a Council Tax reduction decision.
This must be in writing and received within one calendar month of the date of the letter informing you of the decision.
If you have reached the qualifying age to claim State Pension Credit your entitlement can be backdated to a maximum of 3 months from the date you make your claim.
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Remember you must show good cause for the whole period you wish your benefit backdated for.