(Jason Mark Anderman illustrates the logistics problem well in this comment to a backdating post on Ken Adams’s blog.) There’s nothing inherently illegal or unethical about backdating contracts, although backdating can certainly be both unethical and illegal, depending on the situation.
For those with an hour to kill thinking about the issues, Jeffrey Kwall and Stuart Duhl wrote an excellent article on backdating that was published in Business Lawyer in 2008.
On appeal, the Missouri Court of Appeals, Western District agreed.
The setting of a registration date in the past does not mean that periods of employment are automatically recorded from that date.
Your housing benefit can be backdated for up to three months if you are of pension credit age.
Ask for your housing benefit claim to be backdated as soon as you can, if you are of working age.
You can make your request when you fill in your claim form.
If you’re caught doing it you risk fines or imprisonment, as does the agent who agreed to do it.