Housing benefit or council tax reduction is usually paid from the Monday after we get your claim form.
If you can show ‘good cause’, we may be able to pay your benefit earlier than this. This is called 'backdating' your claim. Good cause must be continuous for the period you want benefit backdated for.
If you are of working age, the law says we can consider backdating your claim for up to one calendar month, as long as you qualify for the whole of that time.
If you have reached the qualifying age for State Pension Credit you do not have to show good cause and we can backdate your claim for up to three months, as long as you qualify for the whole of that time.
You should continue to pay your Council Tax or rent while we are considering backdating your claim.