Council tax benefit backdating regulations
To request backdating either There is no formal definition of 'good cause', each case will be decided according to its own individual situation.
There are no formal time limits on making a backdate request, but the maximum period that a benefit claim can be backdated is 6 months 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.
We can backdate HB or CTS if you can prove that there is good cause or reason(s) why you were unable to apply for your benefit earlier.
If you disagree with the date your claim starts from for any other reason you can appeal against the decision.
We will need to see proof of your income, savings and rent payments for the period you want to backdate your benefit for and any proof to support your reasons (for example, medical certificates or hospital letters). You can also get help from an advice agency, such as a Citizens Advice Bureau.
Unfortunately, the Benefit Regulations do not say what are, and what are not, good reasons so we look at each case individually.
Contact can be in person, by phone, email or in writing.Original (As Enacted or Made): The original version of the legislation as it stood when it was enacted or made. Explanatory Memorandum sets out a brief statement of the purpose of a Statutory Instrument and provides information about its policy objective and policy implications.They aim to make the Statutory Instrument accessible to readers who are not legally qualified and accompany any Statutory Instrument or Draft Statutory Instrument laid before Parliament from June 2004 onwards.The more information and evidence you give in support of your claim the quicker a decision can be made. Any backdated award of HB or CTS will be paid in the normal way.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.
If you qualify for Housing Benefit/Council Tax Support, we will normally pay your benefit from the Monday following the day your completed claim form is received.