We can only do this if you have to pay rent and Council Tax for this period and are entitled to claim.
If this is the case, we may write to you to ask for further details.
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This means if you make a claim or have any change in circumstances which may affect your Housing Benefit, you will only be able to claim a maximum of one month backdated benefit.
You are still required to show good cause for the period.
You can ask your council for a Housing Benefit decision to be reconsidered.
If you’re unhappy with the response you can appeal the decision.
Council Tax Reduction can be backdated for a maximum of 1 month from the date of application.
If you are over Pension Credit Age you do not have to provide "good cause", your award will automatically be backdated for 3 months.
Contact Jobcentre Plus to claim Housing Benefit along with your application for the following benefits: You usually can’t get Universal Credit and Housing Benefit at the same time (unless you’re in certain kinds of supported housing).
You can get help paying for housing with your Universal Credit payment instead. You can claim in advance by up to 13 weeks (or 17 weeks if you’re aged 60 or over), for example if you’re moving. You might also be able to get your claim backdated - ask your council.
Council Tax Support can be backdated for up to 6 months and the same conditions apply.