Backdating a claim
The criteria for a claim to be backdated will remain the same as current rules.**Anyone aged 60 - 64 can be classed as working age, but also be entitled to claim Pension Credit.
The following rules apply to this age group: If you or your partner are in receipt of Income Support, income-based Job seeker's Allowance or income-related Employment and Support Allowance, the 6 month time limit applies If you or your partner are in receipt of Pension Credit, the three month time limit applies. If you are a working age claimant, or a pension credit age claimant between 60 - 64 years, whose partner is claiming any of the benefits as explained above, it will be awarded if you prove "good cause" and would have been entitled to benefit during the backdated period because of your income.
Please note that if you or your partner have reached the State Pension Credit qualifying age but either of you receives Income Support, income-based Jobseeker's Allowance, income-related Employment and Support Allowance or Universal Credit we treat you as working age, not pension age.
You do not need to tell us why you didn't claim sooner.Hi Laura, My child tax credit got backdated to the day my daughter was born.I applied a few months after so ending up get a lump sum of around 800.If the claimant is returning to work after leaving benefits and claiming WTC, then it is likely that you will receive automatic backdating.' (3) GOV.UK How to claim tax credits - last updated 13/03/15 'You have to ask for tax credits to be backdated if you get: Income support, Jobseeker’s Allowance, Employment and Support Allowance, Pension Credit, Working Tax Credit.' There is no automatic backdating. UK Working Tax Credit - last updated 09/02/15 No mention at all of backdating, automatic or requested.