If you have already made a claim you can ask us separately about backdating.We need your request in writing and you must sign it.Write to the Benefits Service, PO Box 3, Manchester, M15 5BA.
If we refuse to backdate your Housing Benefit or Council Tax Support you can appeal against our decision .
Income Support helps people who do not have enough to live on.
It is only available for certain groups of people who do not get Jobseeker's Allowance or Employment and Support Allowance and are not in full time employment.
'Working age' customers are people who are under the qualifying age for State Pension Credit.
More about the qualifying age for State Pension Credit Housing Benefit.
We can sometimes backdate the start of your Housing Benefit for up to one month before the date you claimed. We can sometimes backdate the start of your Council Tax Support for up to six months before the date you claimed.
In all cases you must have good reason for not claiming sooner, throughout the period that you are requesting backdating for.
It is up to you to show that you had good reason throughout the whole period.
It does not have to be the same reason throughout the period.
You will be expected to explain your reasons fully and give us evidence to support what you tell us.
Most reasons fall into one of the following broad categories, but this is not a full list: If you are making a claim there is a backdating section in our online claim form.