Housing Benefit is paid every four weeks, in most cases 4 weeks in arrears.Housing Benefit is paid to the tenant unless circumstances allow Housing Benefit be paid to the landlord.However, an application for back-payments of income support as a person who has been recognised as having refugee status (under reg 21ZB of the Income Support (General) Regulations) was refused because the power to make those payments had been revoked by s12 of the Asylum and Immigration (Treatment of Claimants, etc.) Act 2004 when it came into force on 14 June 2007.
Back To Top If you would like to request a backdate of benefit, please write to or email our benefits section, giving the date that you would like your claim backdated to and describe all the circumstances that prevented you from claiming: Revenues and Benefits Services Lichfield District Council District Council House Frog Lane Lichfield Staffordshire WS13 6YX Email: [email protected] Alternatively you can complete the relevant backdate section of the Benefit Claim Form (page 17).
Back To Top We consider each request on its own merits and the more information you can provide, the better.
Back To Top If you have any questions, please email our benefits team at [email protected] or call our team on 01543 308900.
How long it takes to work out your claim depends on how quickly you send in all the information and how busy we are when you 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.
This would mean we can consider paying you for a period up to 3 months before the date we received your application form.
You will receive a bill showing any amount you have to pay after benefit has been awarded.
Use the online service for claiming Housing/Council Tax Support .
Back To Top By law, we can only backdate housing benefit for a person of working age for up to one month from the date we receive your request for backdating, providing you can demonstrate continuous good cause throughout the whole period.