You have to prove "good cause" but we must take account of all the facts of your case.Some examples of when you may have "good cause" are: Your claim will be considered by a Benefits Officer.
You will then have the right of revision or appeal against our decision not to backdate your claim.
This must be made within one calendar month starting from the day after the date of our letter telling you we have not backdated your claim.
If you are already receiving benefits, you will need to write to us to request backdating your benefits.
Please detail your name, address, reference number, the date you would like to claim from and your reason for requesting the backdate at this stage.
You will be sent a letter telling you of our decision.
If we decide that you have not shown 'good cause', your claim will not be backdated.
If you are experiencing difficulties paying your rent, or you have got into arrears, you may need to make sure you request backdating for an earlier period. Pensioners can have their Housing Benefit claim treated as made up to 3 months earlier, without the need to request backdating.
Read the instructions the rules on backdating benefit below.
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.
If you disagree with the date your claim starts from for any other reason you can appeal against the decision.