If you’re getting benefits, you and your new partner will be seen as a household. This may mean that some of your benefits will need to be reassessed to reflect your new circumstances. You can use one of our online benefits checkers to see how your new situation changes things.
Here are some of the most common benefits and what you’ll need to do if you’re getting them.
- Tax credits – let the tax credits helpline know that you’ve got a new partner living with you. You need to do this within 1 month of moving in together
- Child Benefit – let the Child Benefit office know you have a new partner
- Council Tax reduction – contact your local council to let them know you’re no longer the only adult in your household. This means your single person discount will no longer apply
- Housing Benefit – you’ll also need to let your council know about the changes to your household if you’re getting help with housing
- Universal Credit – report the change through your Universal Credit online account
- Other benefits like Income Support, Jobseeker’s Allowance or Employment and Support Allowance – let Jobcentre Plus know that you’re living with a new partner
If you’re on Universal Credit, you’ll be getting extra money for your children (the child element). This generally only applies to your first 2 children. So if you and your new partner have more than 2 children between you, this might affect your Universal Credit. Our Universal Credit page has more.