“Having a younger partner is like a crime”: Universal Credit “couple penalty” punishes pensioners

Couples where one partner is below pension age stand to lose out, some by over £100 a week, under the welfare change.

Jen and her husband got married in 2011, and have been together 16 years. They live in Leicester.

Jen, who volunteers, is unable to work as she cares full-time for her husband, who has lung conditions that can make him unconscious, and relies on a mobility car to get around after suffering a stroke a few years ago.

They therefore have a low income, and rely on pension benefits to afford their living and medical costs. ...
source: New Statesman

2018-10-19 16:38
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