Backdating may apply: You may be asked to provide proof of your income, savings and rent (if you pay rent) for the backdated period. Good cause is a reason that prevented you from not applying earlier.The following list shows examples of what is meant by good cause: These examples are only a guide to help you. If you forget to claim, or did not know you could claim, this would not be a good reason on its own.
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 your request has been unsuccessful you will be informed by letter.If you disagree with this decision you should contact Aberdeenshire Council's Support and Advice Team within one month of the date of the letter stating the reason(s) why you disagree.some examples are: • the death of a close relative• being in hospital or seriously ill• being wrongly advised by a person who should have known better, such as council staff, the Citizens Advice Bureau, a social worker, DWP staff• language difficulties• being unable to manage your affairs and not having anyone to help you You can request backdating online For us to work out how much you will be entitled to, you will need to give us proof of your income, savings and rent for the period you want to claim.Once you have made your backdating request, we will make a decision based on the information you have given us. If we refuse your request for backdating, we will send you details of how to appeal.If you qualify for Housing Benefit or Council Tax Reduction (or both), your entitlement will normally be awarded from the Monday after you requested the application form (as long as you return the form within one calendar month).