1. You are a pension age claimant if you are at or over state pension age. Pension age was 65 on 6th December 2018. This rises to 66 on 6th September 2020.
2. During the benefit year 2019-20 pension age is rising from 65¼ to 65½.
3. You also have a pension age claim if you are a couple and (from 15th May 2019) both of you are of or over pension age.
Significance for HB/UC
4. If you are of pension age HB helps you pay your rent. UC is for working age claimants. If you are of working age UC helps you meet your living needs and for generally for renters of working age, it helps you pay your rent. Working age renters in specified accommodation continue to get help with their rent through the HB scheme.