Reasons for backdating council tax

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If there has been a good reason which stopped or delayed you applying for Housing Benefit or Council Tax Support, then you can ask for your application to be backdated.

Housing Benefit, including Local Housing Allowance and Council Tax Support is normally paid from the following Monday after we receive your claim.If there is a reason which stopped or delayed you applying for Council Tax Reduction you can ask for your application to be 'backdated' so that it starts from an earlier date.Your application for Council Tax Reduction must be made in writing on an application form.The rules about when we can backdate a benefit are different for different groups of people.If you are a pension age customer, we can sometimes backdate the start of your benefit to up to three months before the date you claimed.

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