Age UK Wandsworth is calling on all pensioners living on a low income with a partner of working age to urgently check their eligibility for Pension Credit and Housing Benefit and put in a claim before the Government changes the rules on May 15.
The change, put out the evening before the ‘meaningful vote’ on Brexit, will see the right to claim Pension Credit and Housing Benefit – important tools in the fight against pensioner poverty – withdrawn from future claimants who happen to have a partner who hasn’t yet reached their own pensionable age, with potentially devastating consequences for all those affected.
Age UK Wandsworth is warning that this could have a devastating impact on local residents.
Age UK Wandsworth is urging anyone who may be entitled to claim benefits to call 0208 877 8940 and make an appointment with their advice and support manager.
The charity is warning that by slashing the benefits that couples needing to claim benefits in the future by as much as £7,000 a year, the new policy will place some pensioners in the absurd position of being financially better off if they split up and live apart from their younger partner.