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Benefits changes

If you need advice on planning your finances you can contact the Haringey Citizens Advice Bureau (external link) or the London Capital Credit Union.


Benefit Changes in 2020

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 2020.

Working age benefits

DWP benefits for people of working age will increase from April 2020 for the first time since 2015. The main ones are:

  • Universal Credit
  • Income Support
  • Jobseeker's Allowance
  • Employment and Support Allowance (and the Work-related and Support components)
  • Child Benefit
  • Working and Child Tax Credit

Other working age DWP benefits including disability related benefits and the carer's allowance also increase.

Local Housing Allowance Rates in Haringey

All Local Housing Allowance (LHA) rates in Haringey increase from April 2020.  The new rates are available on our LHA Rates page.


These changes were introduced in 2019 and continue to apply in 2020.  They do not apply to Council Tax support.

Pension Credit age changes for couples

Since 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 have been getting Pension Credit continuously since 14 May 2019 you will continue to get it unless you have a break in your award.

If you get Housing Benefit
If have been getting Housing Benefit continuously since 14 May 2019 you can get Pension Credit unless you have a break in your Housing Benefit.

If you stop getting Pension Credit and Housing Benefit
If you or your partner are under pension age and you stop getting Pension Credit and Housing Benefit you have to apply for Universal Credit.

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

If you or your partner are or reach pension age you will qualify for pensioner Council Tax Reduction even if your Pension Credit and Housing Benefit stop.

Further information

You can find out more about the changes to Pension Credit on GOV.UK (external link).

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State Pension age dates

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 birthDate pension age reached

Table of pension age dates

6 May 1954 - 5 June 19546 January 2020
6 June 1954 - 5 July 19546 March 2020
6 July 1954 - 5 August 19546 May 2020
6 August 1954 - 5 September 19546 July 2020
6 September 1954 - 5 October 19546 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).

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Page last updated:

13 February 2020

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