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Changes to couples benefits

Published on 10 April 2019 01:04 PM

The Government has announced plans to change the way benefits are given to couples where there's an age gap between them. Find out if this affects you and what you should do if it does.

From 15 May 2019, couples where one person is over State Pension age while the other is under that age won’t be able to choose whether they claim Universal Credit or Pension Credit and pension-age Housing Benefit. Instead, both people will need to reach State Pension age before they can claim Pension Credit or Housing Benefit.

Because Universal Credit is less than pension-age benefits, you could lose out on quite a bit of money. Some couples could lose up to £7,000 a year, and a few could lose even more.

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