Backdating housing benefit claims

Both copies will then be sent to you by post within seven days.

You will need to check the details that you have supplied, and sign and return one copy to the benefits service.

Failing to claim on time through carelessness or indifference would not be considered good cause.

There can be more than one reason why a claim was made late and claimants are encouraged to provide as much information as possible to explain their particular circumstances.

In order to backdate Housing and/or Council Tax Support you will have to show continuous 'good cause' for why you did not make your application earlier.

Case law relating to Housing and Council Tax Support shows that the circumstances in which someone has continuous ‘good cause’ usually fall into four categories: These categories are only a guide to help you.

If we still need more information, we will write to you.

Whatever your circumstances for not claiming earlier they must have continued throughout the period until you actually claimed benefit.If you are a Manchester City Council resident you can claim Housing Benefit here For Trafford residents see here you are making your new claim because your previous claim was terminated, it is worth checking to see whether you can challenge the decision to end your previous claim.Claims for housing benefit can only be backdated for 1 month for working age claimants.Pensioner claims can be backdated for up to 6 months.

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