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How far you can backdate your claim depends on if you have reached the pension age or not.
The qualifying age for receiving State Pension Credit has increased from 60 to at least 66 years and 6 months.
You don’t need to tell us why you didn't claim sooner.
We can backdate your claim for up to 13 weeks if you ask us to, as long as you tell us:
You must tell us why you didn’t claim sooner and your good reason should continue throughout the period in which you are asking for your claim to be backdated.
We can backdate your claim for up to 1 month if you have good cause and give us the following information:
Each case is considered on its merit. ‘Good cause’ for one person may not be considered ‘good’ for another.
When deciding whether you have a good reason, we will consider how the following affected your claim:
Not understanding the benefits system is not a good enough reason.
This ‘good cause’ must exist from the date you want to claim up to the date the claim for backdating was made.
If there is a period where ‘good cause’ can’t be shown, your claim can’t be backdated to before that period.