Backdated claims

If something stopped you from applying for Council Tax Reduction at an earlier date, you can ask for your claim to be backdated to this date.  From 1 April 2022, your claim may be backdated for up to 12 months to allow for better alignment with the date that your circumstances changed.

Pension Age claimants

If you have reached the qualifying age for State Pension Credit we can backdate your benefit automatically to a maximum of three months from the date of your claim. You do not need to show good cause but you may have to provide proof of your income for the period of backdating.

What to do

You will need to fill in details about your backdating claim in Part 11 of the form when submitting your Benefit application form

If we accept your claim, we will start your claim from the Monday after we received your application form. Therefore it is important that you get your form to us as soon as possible.

What happens next?

Based on the information you have provided, we will decide whether we are able to backdate your benefit. We will send you a letter informing you of our decision. 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.

If you disagree with our decision, you can ask us to look at our decision again.