3 month time limit for backdating
There are some circumstances were benefit can be awarded from an earlier date.Any request for backdating should be made as soon as possible as strict time limits apply.We will usually make an award of Housing Benefit and Council Tax Support from the Monday after we get your form.If you receive Pension Credit, Income Support, income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance, Universal Credit or income-related Employment and Support Allowance, and we get your form within one month of that application any Housing Benefit and Council Tax Support will start on the Monday after your Pension Credit, Income Support, income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance, Universal Credit or income-related Employment and Support Allowance is awarded.
Write to us and tell us the date that you would like your claim to be backdated to and why you delayed claiming benefit. Complete and return the backdated Housing Benefit/Council Tax Support Request Form You can ask a family member or friend to help you write your letter but you must sign the letter or attach a letter giving them permission to deal with your request.
Every claim is treated on its own merits but in general any facts that would probably have caused any reasonable person of your age, state of health and experience not to have claimed earlier will be considered. If you, or your partner, are 60 , (and do not fall into the aged 60-64 category as described previously) we can automatically backdate your claim for up to three months from the date you apply, providing your circumstances mean you would have qualified earlier, otherwise you will have to make a claim in writing.
You can either write a letter or download and complete a backdate request form, (see link on right).
Stockton Welfare Rights Advice for confidential advice.
Telephone: 01642 526141 Email: [email protected] Visit the Stockton & District Advice & Information Service website for further information.
You must show good cause for the delay in making your claim.