Benefit backdating rules
Getting Carer's Allowance can mean you're entitled to, or can get more, top-up benefits.
For more information on what benefits you're entitled to, try the entitled to benefits calculator.
If you have more than £16,000 in savings then you will not be eligible for Housing Benefit.
Housing Benefit is available whether you work, are unemployed or retired.
If we need further information to support your claim we will write to you.
We will notify you once your claim has been assessed.
You will need to send us your most recent accounts with your claim form.
It is only available to people who rent their homes and who are on a low income or receiving benefits.
For Housing Benefit, the maximum amount of capital that be held by a claimant and/or their partner is £16,000, this limit does not apply to people in receipt of Pension Credit Guarantee.
For the Council Tax Reduction Scheme, the maximum amount of capital that can be held by a claimant or their partner that is of pensionable age is £16,000.
Read on, or click on the links below for more information: Carer's Allowance can usually only be backdated for a maximum of three months if you claim it within three months of a decision to award a qualifying benefit to the person you care for.
You must specifically request that your Carer's Allowance claim is backdated, and you must have satisfied all the rules for claiming Carer's Allowance during the backdating period.
From 1 April 2016 the law is changing so that the maximum time a housing benefit claim for a person of working age can be backdated will be one month (instead of 6 months).