Back dating housing benefit

You can claim Housing Benefit as part of your application for other benefits.

How you apply for Housing Benefit depends on which benefit you’re applying for.

Backdated claims for Council Tax Benefit, will be subject to the time limitations below.

Normally we will start your claim from the Monday after we receive your application form.

Apply through your local council if you’re only making a new claim for Housing Benefit.

You can still make a new claim if you’re already getting other benefits.

If you however made a claim 1 month after being discharged from hospital, you may not be considered as having good cause for making a late claim and backdated Housing Benefit will not be awarded.

We can only do this if you have to pay rent and Council Tax for this period and are entitled to claim.

If this is the case, we may write to you to ask for further details.

If you are of working age you can ask for your benefit/reduction to be backdated if there is "good cause" why you didn't apply for your benefit/reduction earlier.

Housing Benefit may be backdated for a maximum of 1 month from the date of application.

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