Backdating your award
Your award will normally start from the Monday after you call us to say you wish to apply, as long as we receive your application form within one month of this date. Otherwise your award will normally start on the Monday after we receive your application form.
If you would like us to consider your award from an earlier date you will need to request your award is backdated, giving reasons why you did not make your application earlier.
You can do this on the claim form or by downloading and completing the backdating your award for Housing Benefit and Council Tax Reduction form.