Reasons for backdating
The date your claim will start depends on how and when you claim HB or CTS.
For HB and CTS we normally start your claim from the Monday after you first made contact with us or the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP), but only if you return a properly completed claim form within one month of us issuing it.
If you think you have a good reason for making a claim late, you should tell us in writing straight away.
You must tell us the period you want to backdate your benefit for and tell us why your claim is late.
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Not knowing that you could claim benefit earlier will not normally be considered as a good reason.
However, not claiming because you were in hospital or had severe health problems or a close relative had died could be considered as 'good reasons'.
If we have decided that you have not shown "good cause" and that we cannot backdate your claim, the reasons for this will be explained in our letter.To request backdating either There is no formal definition of 'good cause', each case will be decided according to its own individual situation.There are no formal time limits on making a backdate request, but the maximum period that a benefit claim can be backdated is 6 months In order for a claim to be backdated we must be satisfied that: You will need to show continuous good cause for not claiming earlier and we must be satisfied that your circumstances, during this time were such that any reasonable person of your age and experience would also have failed to claim benefit.This process is not backdating, it is what the law says must happen when you apply.This rule also applies to men over pension credit age but less than aged 65 who are NOT in receipt of Income Support, Job Seeker’s Allowance (Income based) or Employment and Support Allowance (Income Related).
In your request for backdating, you need to tell us the date you want to have your claim paid from and also the circumstances that prevented you from making your application earlier.