Backdating of housing benefit
Send your claim to us and provide the evidence later, but within one month.If you do need us to backdate your benefit, the rules about when we can backdate are different for different groups of people.
'Good reasons' must apply for the whole period you're asking us to backdate your benefit for.The rules for backdating vary depending on age and circumstance: You can claim for a backdated period if: , from the date we receive your request, if you can give good reason why you did not apply sooner.The good reason must apply over the full period for which you want backdating.some examples are: • the death of a close relative• being in hospital or seriously ill• being wrongly advised by a person who should have known better, such as council staff, the Citizens Advice Bureau, a social worker, DWP staff• language difficulties• being unable to manage your affairs and not having anyone to help you You can request backdating online For us to work out how much you will be entitled to, you will need to give us proof of your income, savings and rent for the period you want to claim.
Once you have made your backdating request, we will make a decision based on the information you have given us. If we refuse your request for backdating, we will send you details of how to appeal.
These are some of the reasons that could be used to show “good cause” This isn't a full list, just a list of the commonest types of reasons.