The Court of Appeal has recommended a general test which the council should apply when considering good cause: "some fact which, having regard to all the circumstances (including the claimant's health and the information which he had received and that which he might have obtained) would probably have caused a reasonable person of his age and experience to act (or fail to act) as the claimant did." Some factors which the council will take into account when applying this test are: These are only a few of the more common factors the council will look at when deciding if good cause is shown.
Remember you must show good cause for the whole period you wish your benefit backdated for.
There is no exact legal definition of what is good cause.
The council will make a decision after considering the facts in each application.
Any gap in good cause will mean your benefit will not be backdated.
In order that the authority may consider backdating a claim, the customer must make a written request.
If you have submitted a late claim for housing benefit or Council Tax reduction scheme and you think your application should be backdated, you will need to complete this form.
Housing benefit and Council Tax reduction is normally only awarded from the Monday following the date on which the application is made.
Your housing benefit can be backdated for up to three months if you are of pension credit age.
Your claim should be automatically backdated to the date you reached pension credit age or the date you have to pay rent from if this is later.