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Backdating your council tax reduction

How do you qualify for backdating of you Council Tax Reduction?

If you have reached the qualifying age to claim State Pension Credit, you can backdate your entitlement. This is up to a maximum of 3 months from the date you make your claim. You do not have to apply for backdating. You may have to supply details of your income and capital for the period concerned. You can only backdate your entitlement for a maximum of 26 weeks from the date of your request.

In order to backdate your application, we must be satisfied that:

  • You have shown good cause for failing to apply earlier.
  • Good cause existed during the period for which backdating is being requested.

You will need to show good cause for not claiming earlier. We must be sure that a person of your age/experience would also have failed to apply. You have to prove good cause. We must take account of all the facts of your case.

Some examples of when you may have good cause are:

  • You did not immediately apply for a reduction after leaving hospital.
  • You were ill and had no-one to make an application on your behalf.
  • You did not understand that you could apply for a reduction. This may be because of age, inexperience or language difficulties.
  • You have suffered a recent family bereavement.

Make an application to backdate your Council Tax Reduction

You can do this by writing to the Benefits Team using the contact details below.

What happens when you make an application to backdate Council Tax Reduction?

The Benefits Team will consider your application. The more information and evidence you give, the quicker the decision. It may be necessary to write to you for more information. We may need to ask you to come in for an informal interview. We will look at your application within 21 days. We will send you a letter telling you of our decision. If we decide that you have not shown good cause, we will explain this in our letter. You have the right of appeal against our decision.

See appeal against a Council Tax reduction decision.

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