Backdated Housing Benefit claims

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The longest time we can backdate your claim is one month if you don't qualify for state pension credit.

If you have reached the age for State Pension Credit, we can go back up to 13 weeks.

The age for State Pension Credit is increasing from 60 to 66.

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The longest time we can backdate your claim is one month if you don't qualify for state pension credit.

If you have reached age for state pension credit we can go back up to 13 weeks.

The qualifying age for State Pension Credit is increasing from 60 to 66 in line with the increase in the state retirement pension age for women.

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:

  • the date you want us to start your benefit 
  • details and evidence of money you received and your capital during the time between the date you want your benefit to start and now
  • details of who was in your house at that time

You must tell us why you didn’t claim sooner and show continuous good cause throughout the period in which you are asking for your claim to be backdated. Each case is considered on its merit. ‘Good cause’ for one claimant may not be considered ‘good cause’ for another.

We can backdate your claim for up to one month if you have good cause and give us the following information:

  • the date you want us to start your benefit
  • details and evidence of the money you received and your capital during the time between the date you want your benefit to start and now
  • details of who was in your house at that time

When deciding whether you have 'good cause' we will consider how the following affected your claim:

  • your physical and mental health condition
  • household emergencies (such as bereavement)
  • language needs
  • your support
  • any incorrect advice you may have received

Ignorance of the benefit system is not good cause

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 before that period.