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Staying with partner but not living together (any rules on this)

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dp267p
dp267p Community member Posts: 69 Connected
edited July 2022 in Universal Credit (UC)


Is there a rule on how long you can stay at your partners house even though you evidently rent your own house and claim UC housing element for it etc?

Does it affect your benefit entitlement. I read on Age Uk it doesn’t make a blind bit of difference. As long as you can evidence you have your own place and bills for it etc. 

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  • janer1967
    janer1967 Community member Posts: 21,964 Disability Gamechanger
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    Hi there 

    If you look for the post titled hypothetical question ref uc it gives all details there with some excellent links
  • dp267p
    dp267p Community member Posts: 69 Connected
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    Searched but can’t find
  • janer1967
    janer1967 Community member Posts: 21,964 Disability Gamechanger
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    Try recent discussions I only posted it last week maybe a few pages on 

    @Tori_Scope can you find the thread and put a link to it 
  • janer1967
    janer1967 Community member Posts: 21,964 Disability Gamechanger
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    It had lots of detail which is why can't type it all out 


  • poppy123456
    poppy123456 Community member Posts: 56,998 Disability Gamechanger
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    I would appreciate it if members wouldn't tag me please. I have all notifcations turned off and wouldn't want a member thinking i'm being rude by not replying.
    If i see a question that i know the answer to i will try my best to help.
  • woodbine
    woodbine Community member Posts: 12,099 Disability Gamechanger
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    Personally I have always believed that if a couple are living together even just for a few nights that for benefits they should be classed as a couple, otherwise the system is open to abuse.

    2024 Election won

  • Tori_Scope
    Tori_Scope Scope Posts: 12,508 Disability Gamechanger
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    Thanks for posting the link @poppy123456 :) I only just saw this tag. 

    Has reading through the other thread helped to answer your question @dp267p? Please do let us know if there's anything you're still unsure about. It can all be a bit confusing, can't it?

    National Campaigns Officer at Scope, she/her

  • dp267p
    dp267p Community member Posts: 69 Connected
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    I stay there two nights a week. Is that allowed?
  • bg844
    bg844 Community member Posts: 3,887 Disability Gamechanger
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    In a nutshell, yes. Please see that link.
  • Cartini
    Cartini Community member Posts: 1,108 Pioneering
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    woodbine said:
    Personally I have always believed that if a couple are living together even just for a few nights that for benefits they should be classed as a couple, otherwise the system is open to abuse.

    Agreed.
  • poppy123456
    poppy123456 Community member Posts: 56,998 Disability Gamechanger
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    woodbine said:
    Personally I have always believed that if a couple are living together even just for a few nights that for benefits they should be classed as a couple, otherwise the system is open to abuse.
    Staying at your partners house a couple of times a week is not classed as living together permanently. Especially if the one partner also has their own home paying their own bills. I see no wrong doing here at all. 
    I would appreciate it if members wouldn't tag me please. I have all notifcations turned off and wouldn't want a member thinking i'm being rude by not replying.
    If i see a question that i know the answer to i will try my best to help.
  • janer1967
    janer1967 Community member Posts: 21,964 Disability Gamechanger
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    Thanks everyone for providing the link 

    @woodbine I was always led to believe you could stay over 3 nights a week but this isn't the case there is no specific limit 

    As the link reads as long as the couple are not part of the same household they do not need to claim uc as a couple 
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