We can sometimes backdate the start of your benefit (but not education benefits) up to one month before the date you claimed. This is not a conclusive list and you will be expected to explain your reasons fully and provide supporting evidence.If you have not yet applied for Housing Benefit and/or Council Tax Support you can request backdating your benefits on the application form by telling us why you have delayed making a claim.And yes it's from week 13 not from the assessment date.
The rules about when we can backdate a benefit are different for different groups of people.If you are over the qualifying age for Pension Credit and you are entitled from a date before you claimed, we will give you your award automatically.We do not need to know why you did not claim sooner to backdate your award.Pension age customers are those who have reached the qualifying age for State Pension Credit.Check your state pension age to check the date you may be entitled to start receiving Pension Credit.Even if you do not have all the supporting evidence we need, submit the form straight away, and send the evidence later.The rules for backdating vary depending on age and circumstance: You can claim for a backdated period if: , from the date we receive your request, if you can give good reason why you did not apply sooner. I started to claim ESA in March 2014 and did not have an assessment until June 2015, which I failed with 0 points.I then had to claim JSA for 4 weeks, until mandatory reconsideration failed and went back onto ESA in July as appealed. 15 points awarded for mental health, support group. My welfare rights officer says they will only be backdated to when I failed the assessment ?Once you have made your backdating request, we will make a decision based on the information you have given us. If we refuse your request for backdating, we will send you details of how to appeal.If you or you partner are over the qualifying age for Pension Credit, and qualify for Housing Benefit or Council Tax Reduction (or both), we can backdate your award up to 3 months before the date you made your claim (as long as you were entitled for that period).