It is up to you to show that you had good reason throughout the whole period.
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.
From 1st April we may be able to backdate your Housing Benefit for up to 1 month, but you MUST have a good reason for not having claimed sooner.
To get a social welfare payment, you must make a claim for that payment to the Department of Social Protection.
The council tax support scheme allows an application for a person of working age to be backdated for up to six calendar months, providing you can demonstrate continuous good cause throughout the whole period.
If you have reached the age for eligibility for state pension credit, we can only backdate three months.