Reasons for backdating council tax benefit

State Pension Credit Age is currently anyone born before 05/04/1953 but is updated regularly.

We will need to see proof of your income, savings and rent payments for the relevant period and any proof to support your reasons (for example, medical certificates or hospital letters).

In this case, we may backdate your benefit to February. If you, or your partner, are of State Pension Credit Age and qualify for Housing Benefit and Council Tax Support (or both), we can backdate your benefit up to 3 months before the date you made your claim (as long as you were entitled to benefit for that period).

However, if you were ill from February to March and had no-one to help you make a claim, but you did not claim until May, we would not backdate benefit to February because you were not ill from March until May and therefore you have not shown continuous good cause. If you are of State Pension Credit Age and you are entitled to benefit from a date before you claimed, we will give you your benefit automatically.

If you are of pensionable age, we are able to consider ‘backdating’ your claim for up to three months automatically.

If you are a working age customer, we cannot backdate your claim. We also have a discretionary payment scheme for backdated awards of Council Tax Reduction.

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