Council Tax support and housing benefit is normally paid from the Monday following the date a claim is received by us. If you want benefit or Council Tax support to be paid from an earlier date you will need to request backdating.
If you think you have a good reason for making a late claim you should complete a claim for the period(s) in question and supply all supporting evidence about your income and capital.
You need to request in writing that your claim is backdated giving the period(s) you want your claim to be considered for and give us full details of why the claim was made late.
If you have any evidence which may support your backdate request, you should also supply that to us.
To make a backdated claim please email email@example.com or write to; Benefits Team, Civic Offices, Union Street, Chorley, PR7 1AL.
If you are pensionable age special backdating rules apply.
A claim for Council Tax support or housing benefit can be automatically backdated for a maximum of 3 months from the date of your application (or the date that you or your partner became of pensionable age if this is later). The law does not allow us to backdate these claims any further.
If you are of working age, we can only backdate your housing benefit claim for up to 1 month and your Council Tax support claim up to a maximum of 6 months from the date that your written request is received. Backdating for customers of working age can only be allowed when 'good cause' is shown.
Examples of what might be considered as 'good cause' include if:
We will write and tell you whether your request has been successful. If the backdate has not been granted and if you are dissatisfied with our decision you can appeal the decision.