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Social Security Benefits: Cohabitation

Volume 486: debated on Monday 12 January 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what criteria his Department and its agencies apply when determining whether a person receiving benefit is cohabiting with another person; and if he will make a statement. (244427)

When deciding whether two people are living together as husband or wife or in a civil partnership (LTAHW/CP) a Decision Maker must take into account the whole of the customer's relationship with the other person. There is no single factor which can determine whether or not two people are LTAHW/CP; for example, it is important that a decision is not made solely on the basis of their financial arrangements.

Among the other factors to be considered will be the existence of a shared household, the stability of the relationship, responsibility for children and the existence of a sexual relationship.