Backdating housing benefit pensioners

For HB and CTS we normally start your claim from the Monday after you first made contact with us or the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP), but only if you return a properly completed claim form within one month of us issuing it.If the form is not returned in that time, the claim will start from the Monday after we get your claim form.Some examples of changes are shown below: For any other changes you must let The Pension Service know not us.If you get Guarantee Credit or Guarantee Credit plus Savings Credit, we ignore your income and savings, so we do not need to know about changes to these. The second page of your Pension Credit award letter tells you what elements of Pension Credit you are receiving and how much.In this case that person is of working age and available for work. There are several differences in the way we work out HB and CTS when it comes to pensioners.These differences usually give pensioners higher entitlement than working age people (under 60).The DWP announced earlier this week that from next year it proposes that those aged 60 and over will only get 3 months’ backdating of benefits rather than 12 as of now.

It is therefore very important that you contact as soon as you want to claim.NOTE: If The Pension Service has set an assessed income period, you will not have to notify them of changes in state or private pensions or annuity income and capital until the end of that period.The assessed income period is written on the first page of your Pension Credit award letter.Some examples are listed below: Applicable amounts - These are used by us to work out HB and CTS entitlement.Pensioners get higher applicable amounts than working age people.Under Council Tax rules, pensioners have a prescribed Council Tax Support scheme which gives them a degree of protection when claiming for help to pay their Council Tax. A pensioner is a person who has reached state pension age. Use the State Pension calculator to work out what age this is for you.

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