If you have already registered your email address with Derby Benefits, you can email us asking for your claim to be backdated.You can register your email address on your application form or other signed correspondence.Alternatively you can call Derby Benefits on 01332 640444.If you email us then we will need: If you have any proof to confirm your reasons for making a late claim, please send them to us.This applies to all backdating requests made on or after 1 April 2016.Housing Benefit cannot be backdated for more than one month if the claimant makes their request on or after 1 April 2016 even if this is a belated request linked to a current claim.Benefit / reduction will normally be awarded from the Monday following the week in which we receive your application form.In certain circumstances, it may be possible to award benefit / reduction from an earlier date. The maximum amount of time that your claim can be backdated is different for Housing Benefit and Council Tax Reduction claims.
Restrictions on backdated Housing Benefit and Universal Credit claims Previously you could request backdated Housing Benefit for up to six months before you made or changed a claim, provided you could prove you needed it.
This applies to all backdating requests made on or after 1 April 2017.
Council Tax Support cannot be backdated for more than one month if the claimant makes their request on or after 1 April 2017 even if this is a belated request linked to a current claim.
No changes to good cause The good cause provisions have not changed.
You need to have a good reason for not claiming at the right time; we call this having or showing 'good cause'.