If you and/or your partner has reached pension age you may not need to apply for backdated Housing Benefit and Council Tax Reduction, as there are different rules about when your claim will start.
Council tax reduction cannot be backdated under the Council’s local council tax reduction scheme.
If you or your partner have not yet reached pension age, housing benefit can only be backdated for up to 1 month before you made your claim.
We can only backdate housing benefit if you can show that there was a good reason or reasons why you did not claim earlier.
You must satisfy the Council that there was a good reason why you did not make an earlier claim for the period you have requested backdated housing benefit, e.g. you were in hospital, and did not have anyone to help you with your claim.
If you would like to request backdated housing benefit please complete this form.
You can upload documents and/or photo's to support of you application at the end of the form.