Can my claim for Benefit or Council Tax Reduction be backdated?

You can ask for a backdate if there is a reason that you did not apply for benefit earlier. You will need to tell us the reasons so that we can make a decision based on your circumstances about whether to allow a backdate.

If we allow a backdate, it can be paid for a maximum period of:

  • one month if you are of working age ( this means below the qualifying age for State Pension Credit)
  • three months for people of pension age ( this means above the qualifying age for State Pension Credit)

You can ask for a backdate when you are completing a new application form or in writing, you need to include:

  • your name
  • address
  • claim reference number
  • the date you want the claim to start
  • the reasons for not applying earlier

If you disagree with the date your claim starts for another reason you will need to make an appeal.

Contact details

Visit us
Bradford city centre - Customer Service Centre, Britannia House, Hall Ings, Bradford, BD1 1HX
Keighley - Customer Service Centre, Keighley Town Hall, Bow Street, Keighley, BD21 3PA
Manningham - Customer Service Point, Manningham Library, Carlisle Road, BD8 8BB
Shipley - Customer Service Point, Shipley Library, 2 Wellcroft, Shipley, BD18 3QH
Eccleshill - Customer Service Point, Eccleshill Library, Bolton Road, Eccleshill, BD2 4SR

Call us : 01274 432772
Text message (SMS) : 07786 208 100
Email : benefits@bradford.gov.uk


Write to us at:

Benefits Service
Britannia House
Hall Ings
Bradford
BD1 1HX

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