Backdating council tax benefit

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Benefit / reduction will normally be awarded from the Monday following the week in which we receive your application form.

In certain circumstances, it may be possible to award benefit / reduction from an earlier date. The maximum amount of time that your claim can be backdated is different for Housing Benefit and Council Tax Reduction claims.

When assessing entitlement to Housing Benefit the general rule is that awards are payable from the Monday following the date the claim is received at a designated office, unless a more favourable date can be found, either linked to a claim for an income related benefit, or on reaching 60, or evidence of the date of first contact or initial liability.

Backdating allows an authority to award benefit for a period prior to the date the application was made (or is deemed to have been made).

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