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.