By 'partner' we mean:
- someone you're married to;
- a civil partner;
- someone you live with as if you are married to them; or
- someone you live with as if you are civil partners.
A civil partnership is a formal arrangement that gives partners the same legal status as a married couple.
How having a partner affects your benefit
If you have a partner, you must claim as a couple. We count your partner's income and savings, as well as yours, when we work out your Council Tax Support or Housing Benefit.
If one member of a couple is claiming from us, the other member can't claim the same benefit for the same period of time.
Partners can choose which one of them claims.
Am I entitled to any help?
You can check this by using our online confidential calculator.
Most issues can be resolved online, it's the quickest and most convenient way to get help.Use our contact us form
- The most frequently asked information and the solutions can be found using the blue button to the left and if none of the options on that page apply use the 'Request help with something not listed' option to contact us.
- 0300 1234 121