If you are part of a couple and you and your partner need to claim Universal Credit you must make a joint claim.
Mixed age couples
If you are a couple and one of you is State Pension Credit qualifying age Opens in a new window and the other is working age you are classed as a ‘mixed age couple’.
From 15 May 2019 the rules affecting mixed age couples changed. Most will not be able to make a new claim for Housing Benefit or Pension Credit, this also affects some changes in circumstance.
If you are a mixed age couple and need to make a claim for help with your living and housing costs or you have a change in your circumstances you should contact the Department for Work and Pension about claiming Universal Credit straight away.
We will continue to deal with all Council Tax Support (CTS) claims.
You can get more information about Universal Credit for couples at GOV.UK - Information for couples Opens in a new window