Reply To: Mixed Aged Couple

Peter Barker

Yes, that is the intention, except in a case where the younger partner remains entitled to ESA(ir), IS or JSA(ib) after pension income has been taken into account.

Whether Article 6(2) of the No 31 Commencement Order (SI 2019/37) successfully achieves this is another question. But the expected approach to these cases is to terminate HB when they “age into” mixed age couple status and are not entitled to working age means tested benefit.