In the majority of cases, these couples cannot make a new claim for Housing Benefit or Pension Credit. Instead, they will need to claim Universal Credit if they require help with their housing costs.
However, those with existing claims will continue to be protected if there is no break in their claims. In addition, some exemptions do apply; for example, if they claim a severe disability premium.
A couple’s housing benefit may also be terminated once the older partner reaches state retirement age.
What should I do?
Each case is unique, and our benefits advisers can advise you on your own personal circumstances. Call 0300 3300 900, selecting options 2, 2 and 3 to speak to one of our team.