The rules about when we can pay a backdate are different for people who are working age and people who have reached pension age.
If you (or your partner if you have one) have reached pension age, you don’t have to ask us to backdate your claim – we will automatically check if we can when we receive your form.
You can check the age you will be able to claim Pension Credit on the website.
It is important you update us with any relevant changes in your circumstances relating to benefits you're receiving.
The amount you get will be based on the housing needs of you, your family and your income.The amount of Housing Benefit you get depends on: Before you complete the benefits claim form (PDF 2.87MB), use the benefits calculator to work out your benefit entitlement.You will need to download the benefits claim form (PDF 2.87MB).Good causes include: You need to tell us the period you want it backdated for, and give full details of why your claim is late.We will then consider whether we can backdate your Housing Benefit.Local Council Tax Support has replaced Council Tax benefit and working age claimants will not be eligible for backdating.To request your benefit be backdated you'll need to give good reason why your claim is late.If you rent from a private landlord your housing benefit will be paid through the Local Housing Allowance scheme.For more information see the Local Housing Allowance page.You can also download the new claim information booklet (PDF 599KB) which tells you about the benefit claim process and the information we need from you. You can hand in your completed form at a one stop centre, or if you are a council tenant, at your local housing office.If you want to claim housing benefit but are self-employed you'll also need to complete our self-employed income and expenditure form (WORD 62KB) and send it back to us along with any other forms we've asked you to complete.