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.
Reasons must cover the whole period up to the date the backdate request is actually made.
Any gap in good cause will mean your benefit will not be backdated.
You must apply in writing to the council to have your benefit backdated and your request should include the following: Remember, the council will only backdate your benefit up to 6 months from the date you ask for backdating, not necessarily from the date you put your claim form in.
We can treat your claim as if you had sent it to us up to 3 months earlier than the date that you make your claim.
For benefit to be considered for this period: If you are of working age and you want us to consider backdating your claim, please request this when you make your claim for Housing Benefit online.
An example might be a delay due to someone being in hospital and having no one to help them make a claim on time.