You will need to submit your request for a backdate in writing and show that you had continuous 'good cause' for failing to make an earlier claim.
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A typical reason is when the claimant's income turns out to have been higher for a past period, which means that they were entitled to a reduced level of benefit.
The following facts are established: The benefit claimant will then receive a letter from the council with details of the overpayment.
In some circumstances we understand it may not be possible to apply immediately so we may be able to backdate your application.
Some examples of these circumstances are: When your application has been processed we will write to you to let you know our decision.
If your backdating application is successful we will send you a letter explaining any adjustments that have been made to your claim.
Once we’ve considered your evidence, we’ll let you know if your claim was successful.
There is no time limit in which to submit a council tax support appeal.
Overpayments of benefit can occur both in housing benefit and council tax support.
Examples of 'good cause' could be that: We do look at each case individually but can only make a decision based on the information you give to us, so it is important that you give us as much information as you can to support your request for backdating.
Based on the information you have provided, we will decide whether or not we are able to backdate your benefit.
'Good cause' is something that prevented you from being able to make your claim at the right time.