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If you have reached the qualifying age to claim State Pension Credit, you can backdate your entitlement.

This is up to a maximum of 3 months from the date you make your claim. You may have to supply details of your income and capital for the period concerned.

It may be necessary to write to you for more information.

We may need to ask you to come in for an informal interview. We will send you a letter telling you of our decision.

Here are some examples of 'good cause' that we would consider to backdate your claim: These are not the only reasons we will treat as being a good cause for backdating a claim.

Each application will be looked at on its own merit.

Housing Benefit is awarded the same way Council Tax Reduction is.

The only difference is that the maximum amount of time we can back date is one month, if you can prove you have good reason for not claiming sooner. The following are some circumstances that we would look at a backdate for a 'good cause' reason.

If you have more than one reason for not claiming sooner, you must tell us about all those reasons.

The maximum period claims for Housing Benefit and Council Tax Reduction can be backdated is three months but this will be applied automatically, without having to show good cause for not claiming earlier.

It is not possible to backdate a claim any further than these periods.

Sometimes we can award your benefit before the date you claim. We usually award this from the Monday after we get your claim or the Monday after your application form was given to you if we receive it within one month.

If you are of pensionable age, we are able to consider ‘backdating’ your claim for up to three months automatically.

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