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Universal Credit: Pensioners with younger partners could lose £500 a month 13 Dec 2018 15:30 #12060

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The roll out of Universal Credit will mean Pension Credit is no longer available for mixed age couples

The roll out of Universal Credit will leave some pensioners hundreds of pounds worse off a month in the future simply because their partner is younger than them.

From as early as next year, mixed age couples – where one person is of state pension age and the other is still of working age – will be exempt from claiming Pension Credit and will instead be forced to claim Universal Credit, which is worth less.

The change means these couples could be around £500 worse off a month than mixed age couples eligible to receive Pension Credit before the welfare reform.

Pension Credit – weekly rate for couple: £248.80 (£995.20 for four weeks)

Universal Credit – monthly rate for couple: £498.89

Both benefits offer extra amounts depending on your circumstances.

Pensioners in poverty

A leading charity for older people claimed pensioners are being punished for having a younger partner and that they could be pushed into poverty.

In some cases, pensioners could be financially better off living alone, claiming Pension Credit for a single person, than living with a younger partner.

Age UK said it was not sure when the welfare reform would come into force but that it could be sometime in 2019. The charity added that it wanted to raise awareness of the issue before the change was implemented.

The Government’s Work and Pensions Committee, which scrutinises the work of the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP), confirmed to i it was aware of the issue and that it would be writing to the DWP about it.

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Universal Credit: Pensioners with younger partners could lose £500 a month 13 Dec 2018 16:31 #12062

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Quote: The Government’s Work and Pensions Committee, which scrutinises the work of the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP), confirmed to i it was aware of the issue and that it would be writing to the DWP about it.

"Writing to the DWP about it"? That`s about all these committees do it seems. Here we see yet ANOTHER implementation of clawing back cash from people who need it the most. Pension Credit is paid to the POOREST pensioners who can`t make up the shortfall for a full state pension. My mother claims the single rate and she`s reasonably comfortable, even with me living in the same house and on an entirely different means tested` benefit. Many women didn`t hold down full time jobs back when my mum was younger, they had children and were not expected (unlike todays twisted mentality) to go out and work when she had children to care for and raise. These days they have you in a job centre before your off the birthing table.

This government seem to find ways around anyone bringing in more money to be comfortable on by having a younger husband or partner by yet again, finding a way to prevent it. NEWS FLASH.....If you are reading this and don`t know yet, DON`T VOTE for these people if you want to retire gracefully and with dignity.
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Universal Credit: Pensioners with younger partners could lose £500 a month 13 Dec 2018 17:27 #12063

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Be lucky/unlucky to make pension age at this rate. Depends how you look at it. Slightly off topic but similar as a couple I no wont live together as would make a difference to their income. Live 2 min walk away from each other. With council/social housing being short this grinds my gears especially as they would like to live together plus the bugalow if was given up has wet room etc so is geared for a disabled person who would need it more. But you cant blame this couple when money is so tight.
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Universal Credit: Pensioners with younger partners could lose £500 a month 13 Dec 2018 17:38 #12064

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this is like what I was saying the other day TW35 they need to start encouraging family's to stay together and stop giving people reasons for not staying together and raising there kids with both a mom and a dad in the house
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Universal Credit: Pensioners with younger partners could lose £500 a month 14 Dec 2018 09:30 #12067

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Talk about a broken society.....At the last election the Tories were preparing for a move on people`s houses to pay for their care. Yet they STILL won. I smell more than a conspiracy. Either that or people in this country and lame ducks and scared of changing their ways when it comes to ousting a party who are hell bent on destroying people who are (a) not working and (b) soaking up too much in care.
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Universal Credit: Pensioners with younger partners could lose £500 a month 14 Dec 2018 10:21 #12074

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I Dont Get Pension Credit (at 67);
It started out you Qualified at 60, Age Limit has slowly gone up, Its now being Phased Out.
It will soon be History.
Of Greater Concern State Pension, is slowly being reduced and at some future date SCRAPPED :ohmy:
And Just like in Many other Country's is will be up to Everyone (Who can afford it) to pay into a private Pension,
The Governments "Work Place Pension" scheme is the Start of the end of a Universal State pension.
And If you cannot afford a Private Pension & Not in "Work Place Pension" Just look at the USA & Australia to see what your Retirement might look like. :ohmy: :angry:
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