Can I claim backdating on my Council Tax Support?

A Council Tax Support claim will normally start from the Monday following the date of first contact with a designated office, these are our Council Offices, Department of Work and Pensions and some local housing services.

However, in certain circumstances it is possible that your Council Tax Support can be awarded for an earlier period, this is what is called backdating your claim.

For anyone under the State Pension age the maximum period for which a claim can be backdated is 6 months from the date in which the request is made.

For anyone over the State Pension age we can treat the claim as being made up to 3 months earlier.

To be considered for Backdating, there has to be what is known as good cause. The local authority must be satisfied with the reasons for the delay in making your claim. Each claim for backdating is decided on their own merits. Here are some examples of good cause:

  • If you were ill and had no one to make a claim on your behalf.
  • If you did not immediately claim (or reclaim) HB/CTS after a stay in hospital.
  • If you were wrongly advised by an official person that you were not entitled to HB/CTS.
  • If you could not have reasonably been expected to know, for example: where there may have been a change in the law.
  • If you are unable to manage your own affairs and do not have an appointee.

How do I request backdating for my Council Tax Support?

  • You can complete the section (Backdating) on your Council Tax Support application form.
  • You can write to us confirming the date you wish your claim to be backdated from and confirm the reasons for the delay in making your original claim.
  • Alternatively, you can complete a backdating application form.

What information do I need to provide?

To be able to make an assessment on the period you have requested backdating benefit, you will need to provide proof of your income and capital for that period. Without these details an assessment cannot be made and you may lose out on benefit.


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