If you have not yet claimed housing benefit or council tax support, you can claim a backdate on the main housing benefit and council tax support online claim form.
The maximum period benefit can be considered is as follows:
- If you are of pensionable age you can apply for a maximum 3 months backdated award
- If you are working age (not of pensionable age) you can apply for 1 month backdated award.
You will need to provide full details, together with any supporting evidence, to explain the reasons you did not apply for Housing Benefit and/or Council Tax Support at the correct time.
Sending evidence and documents
If you have evidence or documents to send to us please email them to firstname.lastname@example.org after submitting the claim form, we accept digital photographs, scanned copies or electronic versions.
Please put your benefit claim number in the subject heading (this begins with a '2' and can be found on any letter we send to you) and also mark it “Backdate Application”.