If you’re a pensioner, and you’ve got a partner below pensionable age, you’d better start saving your pennies!

SMILING CARCASS'S TWO-PENNETH

I went round to see a friend of mine this evening. He is 71 and a pensioner. His wife is younger, and not yet of pensionable age. Although he has been told consistently, the housing benefit changes will not affect pensioners, this week he discovered, that in fact it will. He lives in a 4 bedroomed house, where he has raised a family, who have gone on to raise their own and has several grandchildren, who often come to stay with him. He has now been told that because his wife is not a pensioner, he will have to pay the ‘bedroom Tax’ or move to smaller, more suitable accommodation.

I did some checking and found this-

http://www.housing.org.uk/policy/welfare_reform/faqs.aspx

From October 2013, when Universal Credit is introduced, if either member in a couple is under the qualifying age for pension credit then the couple will be treated as working age. This…

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