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How far back can you backdate Housing Benefit?
We can backdate Housing Benefit up to a maximum of 3 months. You do not have to demonstrate ‘good cause’. Just tell us the date that you would like us to consider backdating from.
Can I claim Housing Benefit without Universal Credit?
Anyone who is already claiming Housing Benefit, rather than Universal Credit for help with their rent can continue to claim Housing Benefit, until such time as they have change in their circumstances which triggers a migration to Universal Credit.
Does Universal Credit backdated Housing Benefit?
You can apply to get a Universal Credit payment to cover up to 1 month before you started your claim – this is called ‘backdating’. You’ll need a good reason for not claiming earlier – if you’re in a couple, you’ll both need a good reason.
Is council tax included in Universal Credit?
Your Universal Credit award does not include any help with council tax.
What does it mean to backdate your claim?
Backdate Claim So if you do receive a claim that is incorrect, you need to start a process to backdate it. “Backdating” means moving the date of the claim back to the day you first were laid off or otherwise became unemployed.
What can I get free with Universal Credit?
Here’s just a few examples:
- Help with health costs, including prescriptions and dental treatment.
- Additional help towards housing payments if your Universal Credit payment is not enough to pay your rent.
- Free school meals.
- Free early education for two-year-olds.
- Sure Start maternity grants.
- Cold Weather Payments.
Can I claim Housing Benefit without a tenancy agreement?
The housing benefit application form asks for “proof of private rent or tenancy”. However, there is no legal requirement for a landlord to provide a written tenancy agreement (although it’s best to get one if you possibly can).