The Government has revealed that up to 60,000 pensioners will no longer be able to claim pension credit, under changes coming into force from 15 May.
This change affects pensioners who have a partners of working age. These people will no longer be able to claim pension credit (a means-tested top-up for those on the lowest incomes), but have to claim universal credit instead. This is a reduction of up to £7,000 per year.
It is anticipated that the change could put pressure on relationships, put people off marrying, or cause them to split up, if the potential cost is so high. It is also likely that this will mean couples who are affected will also be subject to the ‘bedroom tax’, which is a £15/week loss in rent support, from which pensioners were previously exempt.
The DWP has revealed that the change will affect 15,000 couples this year, rising to 60,000 by 2023-2024.
You can read more about this in the Independent.