Backdating your benefit claim

You can apply in some circumstances to backdate your claim.

Your claim for benefit normally starts from the Monday after we receive your claim. However, you can ask for your claim to start from an earlier date. You can only ask for your benefit to be backdated if there is a reason or `good cause` why you were unable to apply for your benefit earlier.

Apply for a backdated benefit claim

Examples include:

  • illness with no-one to make a claim on your behalf
  • misunderstanding about what you could claim
  • delay in claiming after leaving hospital
  • recent family bereavement

If you are claiming Pension Credit, the maximum period that your claim can be backdated for is three months.

If you are under 64, the maximum period is one month.

Please note special rules apply relating to whether or not an applicant is claiming income support or job seekers benefit.