Back dating housing benefit

17-Aug-2016 22:42

There are no formal time limits on making a backdate request, but there are limits on the maximum period that a benefit and support claim can be backdated.If you are pensionable age special backdating rules apply.If you require assistance with a backdate request you may can contact the Citizen's Advice Bureau for advice.We know from many of our members that it can be very difficult to get some of the people they work with to make a timely claim for Housing Benefit.If you don't agree with our decision, you can ask us to look at it again. By law, under all circumstances, Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council should have responded by now (details). If we send you an application form we will allow you one calendar month to complete and return it.

It would help your application if you can also provide any documentary evidence that you might have to support the reasons for your late application.

Sometimes we can pay Housing Benefit and/or Council Tax Reduction before the date you claim. If you qualify for Council Tax Reduction, we usually pay it from the Monday after we get your claim or the Monday after your application form was issued, if received within one month.

If you are of pensionable age, we are able to consider ‘backdating’ your Council Tax Reduction claim for up to three months automatically.

If you are over the qualifying age for Pension Credit and you are entitled from a date before you claimed we will give you your award automatically.

We do not need to know why you did not claim sooner to backdate your award.

It would help your application if you can also provide any documentary evidence that you might have to support the reasons for your late application.Sometimes we can pay Housing Benefit and/or Council Tax Reduction before the date you claim. If you qualify for Council Tax Reduction, we usually pay it from the Monday after we get your claim or the Monday after your application form was issued, if received within one month.If you are of pensionable age, we are able to consider ‘backdating’ your Council Tax Reduction claim for up to three months automatically.If you are over the qualifying age for Pension Credit and you are entitled from a date before you claimed we will give you your award automatically.We do not need to know why you did not claim sooner to backdate your award.A claim for housing benefit and council tax support can be backdated for a minimum of three months from the date of your application or from the date date that you or your partner became pensionable age if this is later.