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Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 11:36 am on 16th May 2019.

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Photo of Chris Elmore Chris Elmore Opposition Whip (Commons) 11:36 am, 16th May 2019

The Older People’s Commissioner for Wales has written to me to raise her deep concern about the impact of the Government’s changes to pension credit and housing benefit in respect of the eligibility of mixed-age couples, with the worry being that they will have to claim universal credit until both of them reach pension age. On her estimates, that could lead to some households being at least £600 a month worse off. May we therefore find time for a debate and to review the eligibility of mixed-age couples so that they are not left worse off because of Government changes?