Reply To: MAC abolition of Art 8 (HB via the SDP gateway)

Amanda JB

From DWP

Dear Amanda,

Thank you for your email. No new guidance was issued in 2022 because the changes made at that time didn’t affect existing claims covered by the exception to the requirement to make a claim for UC when the older member of the couple reached pension age. Guidance issued via circular A11/2020, which provided guidance about the closure of the SDP gateway, stated at paragraph 9 that those couples who had remained on working age HB as their award included a Severe Disability Premium would remain on working age HB until there was a change of circumstance which meant they should move to UC. This advice didn’t change when the changes were made by the 2022 regulations.

Housing Policy Enquires Team.