You can claim Housing Benefit for a past period - called backdating.
A claim for backdating must be made in writing.
The maximum period a claim can be backdated is three months if you, or your partner are 60 or over, or six months if you, or your partner are aged less than 60, from the date of your claim for backdated benefit.
In order for a claim to be backdated we must be satisfied that:
You will need to show continuous good cause for not claiming earlier and we must be satisfied that your circumstances, during this time were such that any reasonable person of your age and experience would also have failed to claim benefit.
You have to prove "good cause" but we must take account of all the facts of your case.
Some examples of when you may have "good cause" are:
Your claim will be considered by a Benefits Officer. The more information and evidence you give in support of your claim the quicker a decision can be made.
Sometimes it may be necessary to write to you for more information or to ask you to come in for an informal interview.
Your claim will be looked at again and you will be sent a letter telling you of our decision.
If we have decided that you have not shown "good cause" and that we cannot backdate your claim, the reasons for this will be explained in our letter.
You will then have the right of appeal against our decision not to backdate your claim.
Telephone: 01597 827462
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