If this is your first claim, your award will usually start from the Monday after we get your form.Even if you do not have all the supporting evidence we need, submit the form straight away, and send the evidence later.The rules for backdating vary depending on age and circumstance: You can claim for a backdated period if: The law says we can backdate your award of Housing Benefit for up to 1 month, and your award of Council Tax Reduction for up to 6 months, from the date we receive your request, if you can give good reason why you did not apply sooner.
If there has been a reason which 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.
If you or you partner are over the qualifying age for Pension Credit, and qualify for Housing Benefit or Council Tax Reduction (or both), we can backdate your award up to 3 months before the date you made your claim (as long as you were entitled for that period).
If you are over the qualifying age for Pension Credit and you are entitled from a date before you claimed, we will give you your award automatically.
Restrictions on backdated Housing Benefit and Universal Credit claims Previously you could request backdated Housing Benefit for up to six months before you made or changed a claim, provided you could prove you needed it.
This backdating of claims has now been aligned with the same time period for backdating Universal Credit claims.