Reasons for backdating
However, claims delayed for a good reason can be treated as made at an earlier date, and if you are a pensioner we can backdate your claim automatically.
If you are older than state pension credit age, we will automatically backdate your claim for Housing Benefit and local Council Tax Support for up to 3 months, provided that you qualify based on your circumstances at the time.
Sometimes contracts will be signed on different dates and an "as of" formula that's described in the paper may be used.
Sometimes it's possible to describe a situation in the contract's body without needing to backdate it, which is preferred.
If you are under pension credit age, you need to make a written request for backdating.
We can backdate your Council Tax Support application for up to 6 months, and your Housing Benefit claim for up to 1 month, but you must be able to give good reasons for not making your claim earlier - such as being seriously ill and having nobody to make your claim for you.
Even if tax code provisions aren't violated, backdating documents can cause criminal liability, according to conspiracy statutes.
It's important for the confidentiality provision to include the exact date when obligations started.
You will not need to make a separate claim for backdating, but we will need to see proof that you were entitled to support for this period.