It is therefore very important that you contact as soon as you want to claim.Get your claim form or letter to us as soon as possible because it affects the date your benefit claim will start from.
This would be for the period between when you want your award of Housing Benefit to start and when you actually make your claim.If you are over pension credit age, the law requires us to automatically treat your claim for Housing Benefit as being made 3 months before we actually received your claim.2) I had a genuine belief that I had good reason for not claiming.3) I was actively seeking work during the period referred to.I applied to have my JSA and Housing Benefit backdated to the point I lost my job - the JSA was rejected but the Housing Benefit approved.
I have appealed the JSA decision and this was rejected. The problem is that they haven't supplied me with a reason for my claim being rejected, and I can't find any guidelines on the internet anywhere. 1) I was eligible for JSA from the date of my backdate request.
Late 2008 I made a claim for JSA and Housing Benefit, both of which were approved.
I had been out of work for a few months prior to that but hadn't claimed due to the fact that my girlfriend had a Visa application pending and I knew that if successful she would not be eligible for public funds, and thought that the same applied to myself.
We can backdate HB or CTS if you can prove that there is good cause or reason(s) why you were unable to apply for your benefit earlier.
If you disagree with the date your claim starts from for any other reason you can appeal against the decision.
This rule also applies to men over pension credit age but less than aged 65 who are NOT in receipt of Income Support, Job Seeker’s Allowance (Income based) or Employment and Support Allowance (Income Related).