Do you live with a partner and one of you has reached pension age before 15th May 2019, but the other has not? And you are NOT already receiving Pension Credit or Housing Benefit?
Do you know that the rules changed on 15th May 2019 and you may have to claim Universal Credit instead – which will be far less …
Ask to speak to our SWITCH team to see if you could be affected. There are some instances where you will still be able to apply for Housing Benefit but you will need to make your claim BEFORE 14th August 2019.
How could this affect me?
Here’s an example –
Mary is 62 and Frank is 66. Mary still works part-time and is looking to retire in September 2019. Frank’s only income is through his pensions. They are not in receipt of any Pension Credit or Housing Benefit so would be expected to make a claim for Universal Credit if they required a top up to their income or help to pay their rent.
If they make a claim for Housing Benefit BEFORE 14th August 2019, they would be awarded some Housing Benefit due to the level of their income. If they were able to claim Housing Benefit before 14th August 2019, their claim would also automatically be backdated 3 months. When Mary does retire, as Housing Benefit is in payment they WILL be able to submit a claim for Pension Credit.
If they had not been on Housing Benefit they would have needed to claim Universal Credit and may not have been entitled to anything.
Don’t delay – call us today on 0800 011 3447 and ask to speak to a member of our SWITCH team to see if you can apply Housing Benefit.