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Housing Benefit backdating claims

If there has been a reason which stopped or delayed you from applying for Housing Benefit you can ask for your claim to be backdated so it starts from an earlier date

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The start date of your benefit claim

Your claim for benefit must be made in writing, on a benefits application form.

Normally we will start your claim from the Monday after we receive your application, so it is very important to get your form to us as soon as possible as it affects the date your benefit claim will start from.

We will allow you a calendar to complete and return an application form. If you take longer, you might lose your entitlement to some of your benefits.

The rules on backdating benefit

You can only ask for a backdate of benefits if there is a reason why you were unable to apply for your benefit earlier. If you disagree with the date your claim starts from you can appeal against the decision.

How to appeal against a backdating decision

The maximum period that a benefit claim can be backdated is 1 month for anyone of working age and 3 months for anyone who of State Pension Credit age.