The backdating time limit for anyone of working age who claims housing benefit has reduced from six months to one month.
What is backdating?
Sometimes you can get housing benefit for a period before you put in your claim. This is called backdating.
Changes apply from 1st April
The Government are applying this time limit on all requests for backdating of housing benefit made on or after 1st April 2016, even if the claim for benefit was made before this date.
If the backdating request was made before 1st April, the person can still be allowed up to six months of backdating.
Pensioners are unaffected by the change.
There is also no change to the backdating for Council Tax Support - this is still six months.