The government provide guidelines for councils on what sort of circumstances may be classed as "good cause".Not knowing about Benefits or Reductions is not by itself considered to be a good reason, as the Government consider that information on Benefits and Reductions is publicised and that advice on how to claim is available.Some examples of when you may have 'good cause' are: Please give us as much information as you can about why you didn't claim at the time.
Backdated claims for Council Tax Benefit, will be subject to the time limitations below.
Normally we will start your claim from the Monday after we receive your application form.
If you are of working age you can ask for your benefit/reduction to be backdated if there is "good cause" why you didn't apply for your benefit/reduction earlier.
Housing Benefit may be backdated for a maximum of 1 month from the date of application.
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.
Calculate your pension credit age/state pension retirement age.
There is no formal definition of 'good cause', each case will be decided according to its own individual situation.
You will need to provide evidence of your income and circumstances for the period of your backdating request.