What is backdating and when can we consider it?
Sometimes Housing Benefit and Council Tax Support customers think we should pay their benefit from a date before we receive their claim. This is called 'backdating'.
Backdating is sometimes possible but only in limited circumstances. It is always best to make your claim as soon as possible.
Don't delay making your claim because you can't get the evidence we need. Make your claim and provide the evidence later, but within one month.
How long we can backdate for depends on which of these groups you are in:
- People who have reached the qualifying age for State Pension Credit. You can check if you are qualifying age on the government's website. Look for the date you may be entitled to receive Pension Credit from, not the date you reach State Pension age.
- People who are working age. This means people who are under the qualifying age for State Pension Credit.