Reasons for backdating council tax

Housing Benefit and Council Tax Reduction are normally awarded from the Monday after you submit your claim.

If there has been a reason which stopped or delayed you applying for Housing Benefit or Council Tax Reduction you can ask for your claim to be 'backdated' so that it starts from an earlier date.

If you qualify for Housing Benefit or Council Tax Reduction (or both), your entitlement will normally be awarded from the Monday after you requested the application form (as long as you return the form within one calendar month).

In some cases the start date of your claim can be backdated for up to one month prior to your claim date.

A good cause is any reason that stopped you from making a claim for housing benefit or council tax support earlier.

The maximum period a Housing Benefit claim can be backdated for working age customers is one month from the date you request it.

The maximum period a claim for Council Tax Reduction can be backdated for working age customers is six months from the date you request it.

For example don't delay your claim because you can't get the evidence we need.

Send your claim to us and provide the evidence later, but within one month.

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