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Before a backdating award can be considered you must be able to prove good cause and show why you did not claim earlier.
If you or your partner, are aged 60 or over, and you claim Housing Benefit or Council Tax Reduction (or both), your claim will automatically be considered for backdating to an earlier date.
Housing Benefit and Council Tax Reduction are normally awarded from the Monday after you submit your claim.
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.
Some examples include: Good cause cannot be established simply because you were unaware of the right to benefit or the time limit for claiming.There are some circumstances were benefit can be awarded from an earlier date.Any request for backdating should be made as soon as possible as strict time limits apply.If we send you an application form we will allow you one calendar month to complete and return it.If you take longer than one calendar month to return the form you might lose your entitlement to some of your benefits.
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You are expected to take reasonable steps to establish your rights and duties by contacting your local area office or the Department for Work & Pensions.