If you (or your partner if you have one) have reached pension age, you don’t have to ask us to backdate your claim – we will automatically check if we can when we receive your form.
A claim may be backdated for a maximum of one month from the date of your claim (if you are working age), or three months (if you are of pensionable age).
The more information and evidence you give in support of your claim the quicker a decision can be made.
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.
There are different rules for backdating claims depending on your age.