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Backdated claims

Your benefit will normally start from the Monday after we receive your application form. If you get either Income Support (IS) or income-based Jobseeker's Allowance (JSA IB), and you make a claim within four weeks of your application for IS or JSA(IB), your benefit will normally start from the Monday after IS or JSA(IB) is awarded.

Backdating my Benefit

Benefit can not usually be backdated. However, if you can show that you had good cause why you could not make a claim any earlier, we might be able to. If we do agree to backdate your benefit, we can only backdate it for a maximum of six months if you are working age or three months if you are pensionable age. This applies from the date we get your request for backdating.

Backdating Council Tax Reduction

Please see backdated Council Tax Reduction

Good cause

There is no definition of good cause. We must consider each case on its merits. Good cause is something that would have stopped you being able to make a claim. Examples of things that might be good cause are:

  • If you were ill and had no-one to make the claim for you.
  • If you had suffered a recent bereavement.
  • If you were unable to manage your own affairs.

Claiming Backdated Benefit

There is a section in the application form that you can complete. Alternatively, you can write to us requesting a backdate of benefit.

More Information

Contact the of the benefits offices at Gibson Building, Kings Hill on (01732) 876376 or by SMS text message to 07781 482959.

Last Updated: 05th February 2014