Housing benefit backdated claims
- Category: Benefits
- Last Updated: 23 June 2016
A claimant may be eligible for their claim for housing benefit to be backdated (by up to 1 month for Working Age claimants and 3 months for Pensionable Age claimants) if there is a good cause why they were unable to apply for their housing benefit earlier. The authority is responsible for advising residents about eligibility for backdating claims and for processing applications.
You must make a written request for backdating and you can do this by writing a letter to us or by completing a form to request backdating. This form is available - Application for backdated Housing Benefit and/or Council Tax Support form to print off at the foot of the page or if you don't have access to a printer pick one up from Ryedale House or request one by phone.
You can send your request for backdating with your Housing Benefit application form when you apply for benefit or if you have already received a benefit decision notice from this office, you can request for the claim to be backdated to an earlier date, but in this case you must make sure your request is received at this office within one calendar month of the date on your decision notice.
If you wish to contact the Benefits office for more information on your backdated claim please phone 01653 600666 or email Benefits Services.