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If you are already receiving benefits, you will need to write to us to request backdating your benefits.
Please detail your name, address, reference number, the date you would like to claim from and your reason for requesting the backdate at this stage.
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.
Working age customers are those under the qualifying age for State Pension Credit.
Before we can backdate benefit, we must be satisfied that anyone else of the same age and with the same health and experience as you would probably not have claimed.To request your benefit be backdated you'll need to give good reason why your claim is late.This is known as 'good cause' and must be continuous for the period you want benefit backdated.Not knowing that you could claim benefit earlier will not normally be considered as a good reason.However, not claiming because you were in hospital or had severe health problems or a close relative had died could be considered as 'good reasons'.