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Backdating claims - housing benefit: Outline
A claimant may be eligible for their claim to be backdated if there is a valid reason why they were unable to apply for their housing benefit earlier.
In order for a backdate of Housing Benefit to be allowed you will have to show 'good cause' as to why you did not apply earlier and that good cause' existed continuously during the period for which backdating is requested.
Each case will be decided according to its own individual situation. Examples of 'good cause' are prolonged illness or bereavement. Please provide as much information and evidence as you can to support your claim.
The maximum period that a benefit claim can be backdated is one month for working age claimants and three months for pension age claimants from the date we receive the backdate request.
For further advice visit the Citizens Advice Bureau Advice Guide website
AvailabilityNormal office hours Mon - Fri 9am - 5pm (except public holidays and Tuesday when the office hours are 9:15am - 5pm)
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- Local Housing Allowance (LHA) - Advice for Tenants
- Benefits claim review process
- Backdating benefit claims
- Changes in benefits circumstance
- Benefit fraud
- Introduction to Housing Benefit and Council Tax Support
- Local Housing Allowance (LHA) - Advice for Landlords
Contact: Benefits Department
Telephone: 01706 217777Benefits Department, Admail ADM4005, Rawtenstall, Rossendale, Lancashire, BB4 4ZR