MIXED AGE COUPLES- CLAIMS CUT OFF DATE

Created 06/03/2019

In our Social Welfare Training February newsletter, we explained how mixed aged couples would not be allowed to claim Pension Credit/ the more generous form of Housing Benefit from 15/5/2019, losing often £7,000 per year.


As both these benefits can be backdated for 3 months, then in effect couples may be able to make claims under the existing rules on or before 13/8/2019. DWP guidance confirms this.


The guidance also confirms that if a couple are entitled to Pension Credit/ the more generous form of Housing Benefit on 15/5/2019, they can continue to be entitled as long the conditions for at least one of those benefits remain met.


DWP research predicts- how couples are affected. We discuss this change in all of our courses, including our Benefits for Older People 2019. course.

 

Year numbers of couples savings
2019/20 15,000 £45m
2020/21 30,000 £130m
2021/22 40,000 £220m
2022/23 50,000 £315m

2023/24 60,000 £385m