So, Ii you need to make any changes to your Housing Benefit claim our advice is to let your Local Authority know immediately so they can make any necessary adjustments.Similarly, any changes to a Universal Credit claim should be highlighted via your digital account or local Job Centre.If your request has been unsuccessful you will be informed by letter.If you disagree with this decision you should contact Aberdeenshire Council's Support and Advice Team within one month of the date of the letter stating the reason(s) why you disagree.If you qualify for Housing Benefit or Council Tax Reduction (or both), your entitlement will normally be awarded from the Monday after you requested the application form (as long as you return the form within one calendar month).In some cases the start date of your claim can be backdated for up to one month prior to your claim date.This means if you make a claim or have any change in circumstances which may affect your Housing Benefit, you will only be able to claim a maximum of one month backdated benefit.
Please note that from April 2016, the maximum we can backdate a benefit award will be 1 month from the date you request backdating.
Housing Benefit or Universal Credit entitlement affect the amount of rent and other charges that you pay to Home Group directly.
You are ultimately responsible for the payment of all rent.
If you or you partner are over the qualifying age for Pension Credit, and qualify for Housing Benefit or Council Tax Reduction (or both), we can backdate your award up to 3 months before the date you made your claim (as long as you were entitled for that period).
If you are over the qualifying age for Pension Credit and you are entitled from a date before you claimed, we will give you your award automatically.To qualify for backdating, you must be able to prove you had good cause for the period you are claiming.