Apply through your local council if you’re only making a new claim for Housing Benefit.You can still make a new claim if you’re already getting other benefits.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.
We’ll aim to respond in 20 working days and if we are unable to do so we will tell you why.
In your request for backdating, you need to tell us the date you want to have your claim paid from and also the circumstances that prevented you from making your application earlier.
This would be for the period between when you want your award of Housing Benefit to start and when you actually make your claim.
You can claim Housing Benefit as part of your application for other benefits.
How you apply for Housing Benefit depends on which benefit you’re applying for.