Benefit Changes in 2019
The following sections briefly outline changes the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) and Ministry for Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) have confirmed for 2019.
- These changes do not currently apply to Council Tax Reduction
Until 14 May 2019 couples can get Pension Credit when the older member of the couple reaches pension age.
From 15 May 2019 most couples can only get Pension Credit when the younger member of the couple reaches pension age.
If you get Pension Credit
If you get Pension Credit on or before 14 May 2019 you will continue to get it unless you have a break in your Pension Credit.
If you get Housing Benefit
If you or your partner reach pension age and you get Housing Benefit as a pensioner before 15 May 2019 you can get Pension Credit unless you have a break in your Housing Benefit.
If you apply for Pension Credit
In some cases Pension Credit is backdated by three months. If you apply for Pension Credit after 15 May 2019 you should request backdating to see if this applies to you.
If you apply by 13 August 2019 your Pension Credit could be backdated to 14 May 2019 (or earlier if you apply for Pension Credit before 13 August 2019).
If you are single and get Pension Credit
If you are single and start living with a partner who has not reached pension age your Pension Credit will stop and you will have to apply for Universal Credit.
If you stop getting Pension Credit your Housing Benefit is also likely to end.
If you get Council Tax Reduction
You will continue to qualify for pensioner Council Tax Reduction even if your Pension Credit and Housing Benefit stop.
You can find out more about the changes to Pension Credit on GOV.UK (external link).
State Pension age is increasing for men and women born after 5 December 1953.
State Pension age increases from 65 to 66 for people born between 6 December 1953 and 5 October 1954 and they will reach pension age on the dates shown in the table below.
|Date of birth||Date pension age reached|
|6 December 1953 - 5 January 1954||6 March 2019|
|6 January 1954 - 5 February 1954||6 May 2019|
|6 February 1954 - 5 March 1954||6 July 2019|
|6 March 1954 - 5 April 1954||6 September 2019|
|6 April 1954 - 5 May 1954||6 November 2019|
|6 May 1954 - 5 June 1954||6 January 2020|
|6 June 1954 - 5 July 1954||6 March 2020|
|6 July 1954 - 5 August 1954||6 May 2020|
|6 August 1954 - 5 September 1954||6 July 2020|
|6 September 1954 - 5 October 1954||6 September 2020|
State Pension age for people born after 5 October 1954 is:
- 66 for people born between 6 October 1954 and 5 April 1960
- 66 to 67 for people born between 6 April 1960 and 5 March 1961
- 67 for people born between 6 March 1961 and 5 April 1977
- 67 to 68 for people born between 6 April 1977 and 5 April 1978
- 68 for people born on or after 6 April 1978
You can check your State Pension age on GOV.UK (external link).