How do changes to Pension Credit affect me and my partner?
Starting from May 2019, benefits for people aged over 65 and their partners are changing. If you’re aged over 65 and your partner is younger, you’ll no longer be able to apply for Pension Credit.
Instead, all new benefit claims for ‘mixed age couples’ will fall under Universal Credit.
At present, mixed age couples, where one person is over the age of 65 and one is under, can claim Pension Credit. This is a benefit for older people and couples who need to top up their income.
From 15 May, mixed age couples will need to claim Universal Credit instead and only couples who are BOTH over pension age will be able to claim Pension Credit.
Over a million people who are entitled to Pension Credit don’t currently claim it. Around 50,000 of these people are estimated to be in mixed age couples.
We're urging all mixed age couples and people of pension age to find out if they qualify for Pension Credit before 15 May.
According to research conducted by Age UK, 1.6 million pensioners currently live on or below the poverty line*. 900,000 of this number are classed as being in ‘severe poverty’. As a result, hundreds of thousands of elderly people in the UK are struggling to cover basic essentials such as their food shopping, warm clothes, and winter heating.