Backdating housing benefit pensioners
This effectively allows the Housing Benefit claim date to follow the backdating in the other benefit.
So it seems that you could still backdate for 3 months in some circumstances, such as when making a backdated ESA claim. Also, if you have just reached PC age and then make a backdated claim it will be limited for one month of the period when you were still working age plus the period you are able to backdate under PC.
We can normally only pay benefit from the Monday after we receive your claim form in the office.It is therefore very important that you get your letter to us as soon as possible because it affects the date your benefit claim will start from.Your claim will be considered by a Benefits Officer.You will need to show continuous good cause for not claiming earlier and we must be satisfied that your circumstances during this time were such that any reasonable person of your age and experience would also have failed to claim benefit.If you have reached the qualifying age for State Pension Credit we can backdate your benefit automatically to a maximum of 3 months from the date of your claim.