The rules about when we can pay a backdate are different for people who are working age and people who have reached pension age.
If you (or your partner if you have one) have reached pension age, you don’t have to ask us to backdate your claim – we will automatically check if we can when we receive your form.
We have decided we cannot pay you income support from 25/08/06." Obviously they have the dates wrong for some reason (god knows whats happening or has gone wrong this time) and also they say they cant pay me from that date as the law gives a list of special reasons that allow claims to be backdated, and they can only backdate it if the reason is on the list.
This would be for the period between when you want your award of Housing Benefit to start and when you actually 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.
An Income Support claim can be backdated for up to three months before this date if you would have been entitled to it earlier.
You have to have an acceptable reason for claiming late. You must report changes in your circumstances which might affect your entitlement to this benefit.
An overpayment occurs when you have been paid Benefit that you were not entitled to receive.