Backdating housing benefit claims

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Failing to claim on time through carelessness or indifference would not be considered good cause.There can be more than one reason why a claim was made late and claimants are encouraged to provide as much information as possible to explain their particular circumstances.Claims for housing benefit can only be backdated for 1 month for working age claimants.Pensioner claims can be backdated for up to 6 months.They are not a complete list of all possible reasons.Whatever your circumstances for not claiming earlier they must have continued throughout the period until you actually claimed benefit.

In some cases, we can pay benefit from an earlier date, this is called backdating.

If you are a Manchester City Council resident you can claim Housing Benefit here

For Trafford residents see here you are making your new claim because your previous claim was terminated, it is worth checking to see whether you can challenge the decision to end your previous claim.

Home visits can be arranged if you are housebound and do not have anyone who can help you.

Once we’ve considered your evidence, we’ll let you know if your claim was successful.

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