Council tax benefit backdating regulations

Read the instructions the rules on backdating benefit below.We can backdate HB or CTS if you can prove that there is good cause or reason(s) why you were unable to apply for your benefit earlier.

If you take longer than one calendar month to return the form you might lose your entitlement to some of your benefits.

Backdating is a rule which allows the council to award Housing Benefit for up to one month and Council Tax Reduction for up to 6 months before a claim was received.

In order to be awarded backdated benefit you must: It is possible for there to be 'continuous good cause' for Housing Benefit, but not Council Tax Reduction and vice versa.

The Court of Appeal has recommended a general test which the council should apply when considering good cause: "some fact which, having regard to all the circumstances (including the claimant's health and the information which he had received and that which he might have obtained) would probably have caused a reasonable person of his age and experience to act (or fail to act) as the claimant did." Some factors which the council will take into account when applying this test are: These are only a few of the more common factors the council will look at when deciding if good cause is shown.

Remember you must show good cause for the whole period you wish your benefit backdated for.

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