sheppeyescapee wrote:Hi CS, the backpayment was regarding housing benefit. There is a section on that form that asks why you didn't apply sooner the council looks at the reason and decides whether to backdate it. I didn't realise that income based ESA means automatic entitlement to HB/CTB so hadn't reapplied for it as didn't think it would make any difference.
Yeah I know it was, sorry to be unclear - the same rule still applies though afaik - if you tell them you didn't know you were entitled, their attitude is usually 'tough' which is very unfair imo but that's unfortunately the way it is. I think they will only accept things like being so ill you couldn't physically fill in the housing benefit form, and so on. You should definitely try it though because you have nothing to lose! (And I could be wrong!)