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Backdating council tax reduction means that we award benefit for a period before the date when you actually made your claim. This does not normally happen, and to receive backdated reduction you must have good reasons for not making an earlier claim (e.g. a serious illness or a bereavement) and those reasons must last throughout the entire period.
What the service is for:
You can claim council tax reduction if:
- you are on Income Support or Job Seekers Allowance
- you are on a low income (including people who are self-employed)
You cannot be paid benefit if you (or you and your partner) have more than £16,000 in savings. A partner is someone you are married to or someone you live with as if you were married to them.
If you want to claim for an earlier period as well, you will need to give your reasons, so that this can be considered.
How you can access the service:
You can obtain an application form from any of our one stop shops, in person or by phone (see contacts to the right), or by downloading a form from this page (under downloads to the right).
In addition to your completed form, we need to see proof of your circumstances. We can only accept original documents as proof of your identity and personal circumstances.
Also, we need to see full and original evidence of your income and savings such as payslips and bank statements.
These should be returned with your form, or as soon as possible afterwards.
If you are asking for your claim to be paid for an earlier period, we may ask you to supply evidence of your income and capital for that time.
How long will it take?
We try to put all claims into payment within 14 days of you supplying the last piece of information. Therefore, it is important that you provide us with all the information and proof required as quickly as you can.
- [PDF] Housing benefit and council tax reduction claim form (863kb)
- Authority to discuss form (192kb)
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- If I have savings can I still apply for council tax reduction?
- How do I get a council tax reduction application form?