Backdating your Housing Benefit and Council Tax Support
Working age claimants
In some circumstances, Housing Benefit and Council Tax Support can be backdated for up to one month before the date the claim was made. Good reasons for not claiming earlier must be shown and details and evidence of your income and circumstances for the backdate period must be provided.
If you wish to make a claim for backdated Housing Benefit or Council Tax Support you must fill in the Claim for backdating Housing or Council Tax Support form.
Return your completed form by:
- Email - firstname.lastname@example.org or;
- Post to - The Benefit Service, Sunderland City Council, Civic Centre, Sunderland, SR2 7DN
Pension age claimants
Pension age claimants will have their benefit automatically backdated for a maximum of three months from the date of their claim. You do not need to complete the backdate form for this and good reasons for not claiming earlier do not need to be shown.