Renfrewshire Council

Benefit changes 2019

Benefits Changes from 15 May 2019

Changes to Housing Benefit eligibility from 15 May 2019

From 15 May 2019, if you're in a couple you'll only be eligible to start getting Housing Benefit if either:

  • you and your partner have both reached State Pension age
  • one of you has reached State Pension age and started claiming Housing Benefit or Pension Credit (for you as a couple) before 15 May 2019

If you're not already getting Housing Benefit on 14 May 2019, you can backdate your claim. You could still be eligible to get Housing Benefit.

You can ask for your claim to be backdated to 14 May or before. You'll need to apply by 13 August 2019 to do this.

You can apply for Universal Credit instead if you're still not eligible.