Benefits and support What do we mean by a 'partner'?

By 'partner' we mean:

  • someone you're married to (including, from March 2014, someone of the same sex who 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 same-sex partners the same legal status as a married couple.

Occasionally we refer to 'your husband, wife or civil partner' instead of 'your partner'. In that case we mean someone who you are married to or your civil partner, not a partner who you live with as if you are married or as if you are civil partners.

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 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 who claims.

Go back to 'How your circumstances affect Housing Benefit and Council Tax Support'

To claim Housing Benefit or Council Tax Support or find out what you are entitled to use our online form.

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