Pensioner couple

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    We have a claim from a pensioner who has a non dependant living with them who is in receipt of Pension Credit (G)

    A recent visit has confimed that they are in fact partners, we have checked with the pension service who are aware of this but has still decided to assess the non dep as a single person?

    Can I assess the HB as a couple using his AIF and her income?

    #6464
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    I dealt with a case like this recently – pensions service had visited two pensioners living together and decided that they were a couple – raised the alarm bells, notified the LA, but 4 months later the alleged partner is still receiving Pension Credit at single rate. I went to see them myself and was satisfied that they were not LTAHAW.

    I’d want to be sure of the quality of the home visit before I took the course of action you suggest – do they consider themselves to be a couple? Is there public achknowledgement that they are a couple? Do they share financial responsibilies in the home? Do they jointly own the property? Take holidays together? Share a bedroom? A lot of pensioners live together for companionship only. If your pensioners were both the same sex would you still consider them to be a couple?

    #6465
    Anonymous
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    Our case is a little strange……

    They have declared to us and Pension Service that they are a couple, however Pension Servie have decided not to act on this!

    #6466
    Anonymous
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    If you consider them to be partners, then you should assess them using, as the regs say, the income of claimant and partner.
    Partner on PGC – hey presto, maximum HB / CTB 8)

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