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Backdated Benefits and Reductions

Housing Benefit is normally awarded from the Monday following the day your claim is received by the Benefit Service at East Herts Council.

However, the law allows us to award Benefit from an earlier date if you have a good reason (good cause) for not applying earlier.

We can only backdate your Benefit up to one month from the date you ask us to, and you must give a good reason why this should be done.

If you or your partner have reached pension credit age, your claim covers any period in the three months before the day the claim is actually received - but only back to the day they reached pension credit age, or the day they became liable for rent or Council Tax, if these are later.

To make a claim for backdated Housing Benefit please fill in the form below

We will write to you within 14 days of you successfully filling in the form. If your claim is refused, details of how to appeal will be sent to you.


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  1. Your Contact Details
  2. Reason for Backdating request
    1. Please note, any claims for Backdated Benefit and reductions will need to be accompanied by a valid 'good cause'. Suitable good causes may include;-
      • Death of a close relative
      • Being in hospital or seriously ill
      • Being wrongly advised by a person who should’ve known better, i.e. Council staff

      Simply not applying will not be considered a good cause

  3. Declaration
    1. WARNING - It is a criminal offence for a ratepayer to give false information when making an application related to Council Tax or Business Rates
  4. Data Protection Clause
    1. For the purposes of current data protection laws the information you supply the Council as part of your application will be used for the purposes of dealing with your request and retained as per our published corporate data protection privacy policy which can be found on the East Herts District Council Data Protection page (this link opens in a new window).

      From time to time this information may be shared with other Council departments and / or outside partners to process your request as effectively as possible. Please confirm you have read the above privacy notice
    2. *