Reasons for backdating council tax benefit

If there is a reason that has stopped or delayed you applying for Housing Benefit or Council Tax Reduction you can ask for your claim to be backdated so that it starts from an earlier date.You can only get backdated benefit if there is continuous 'good cause' as to why you were unable to apply for your benefit earlier.You have to prove "good cause" but we must take account of all the facts of your case.Some examples of when you may have "good cause" are: Your claim will be considered by a Benefits Officer.Backdating may apply: You may be asked to provide proof of your income, savings and rent (if you pay rent) for the backdated period. Good cause is a reason that prevented you from not applying earlier.The following list shows examples of what is meant by good cause: These examples are only a guide to help you. If you forget to claim, or did not know you could claim, this would not be a good reason on its own.There is no formal definition of 'good cause' - each case will be decided according to its own individual circumstances.

If you disagree with the date your claim starts from for any other reason, you can appeal against the decision within a calendar month of that decision being made.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.To qualify for backdating, you must be able to prove you had good cause for the period you are claiming.If your request has been successful you will be informed by letter.

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