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Who counts as a partner and how they affect your benefits

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.

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