We will usually need to see proof of the things you tell us about.
For example, in the situation above, we would need to see a letter from the hospital or your doctor confirming your illness and the length of time you were in hospital.
If you're in the process of completing a claim for benefit use it to request backdating of benefit otherwise select and download the relevant form at the link below.
Using Self Service can save you time, effort and money.
There is no need for you to visit us, ring us or write to us - you can view and manage your account or claim on line at a time that suits you.
If your family, or someone who lives with you, is on a low income you may be able to receive help to pay your rent or council tax.
State pension Credit Age Link Each case will be considered individually and the claimant notified in writing of the decision.
Please use the attached link to establish when you will become eligible.Council Tax Support can be backdated for up to 6 months and the same conditions apply.If you are State Pension Credit Age , if you claim Housing Benefit or Council Tax Support (or both) we may backdate your benefit up to 3 months before the date you claimed.For example, if you were in hospital and made a claim as soon as possible after leaving hospital, we would treat this as continuous good cause.If you however made a claim 1 month after being discharged from hospital, you may not be considered as having good cause for making a late claim and backdated Housing Benefit will not be awarded.