I’m working with a couple who have made a new claim for Housing Benefit, but they won’t be entitled until 30 June. They are getting cb-ESA, PIP (both members of the couple) and student finance. The student finance means that they are not getting ib-ESA at the moment – but after 30 June ib-ESA will kick in with two severe disability premiums. The LA has confirmed that they will get HB from that date.
I’ve calculated that with the student finance they would still be entitled to nearly £100pw HB, and so it will continue in payment once the next academic year begins.
My question is…once HB is in payment from 30 June, could they request one month’s backdating as they would have been entitled based on income?