Backdating benefits

Normally your application will be assessed and the amount of benefit given is calculated from the Monday after the date of your application.

In some circumstances we understand it may not be possible to apply immediately so we may be able to backdate your application.

Some examples of these circumstances are:

  • If you were ill and there was no-one to apply for you
  • You were in hospital
  • There was a bereavement in your family
  • You were unable to handle your own affairs

To request backdating please download and fill in the:

Evidence to support your request

If you can provide evidence to support your application we will be able to process your application more quickly. Examples of evidence are:

  • A letter from your GP to support a medical reason
  • A letter from your social worker.

We can backdate applications for the following number of months before the request for backdating:

  • A maximum of one month if you are of working age and claiming Housing Benefit
  • A maximum of six months if you are of working age and claiming Council Tax Support
  • A maximum of three months for both benefits if you are a pensioner.

When your application has been processed we will write to you to let you know our decision.

Appeal a benefits decision

If you disagree with our decision you can write to us within one calendar month telling us why you disagree and asking us to review your application.

For further information please see: