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Your claim will be considered by a benefits officer.The more information and evidence you give in support of your claim the quicker a decision can be made. Any backdated award of HB will be paid on your next payment date.If a customer can show that there is “good cause” for not making the claim earlier then the authority can award backdated benefit.

Backdating - Housing Benefit - Working Age With effect from 1 April 2016, the maximum period for which Housing Benefit claims may be backdated for working age claimants reduces from six months to one month.For older people the maximum period is still 3 months.For working age people the backdate period will continue to be 6 months.Housing Benefit and Council Tax Support is normally paid from the Monday after we receive your claim.If there has been a good reason why you could not complete or get your form to us sooner, then you can ask for your claim to be 'backdated' to an earlier date.