Reply To: Mixed Age Couple – does HB end?

Peter Barker

I’ll try!

Pensioner cannot get SPC if s/he has a working ge partner, unless transitionally protected. No TP in this case because only just become member of MAC.

That puts the kibosh on older partner’s SPC. But if pension income low enough for the younger partner to remain entitled to ESA(ir) after forming a couple, ESA can continue. That in turn prevents the older partner’s HB from terminating because it is administered under the working age HB Regs. All the events that terminate HB for mixed age couples involve the terminated award being subject to the HB(SPC) Regs.

Q4 in the circular is about transitionally protected claimants who are already part of an MAC and float off SPC but not HB.