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Prisoners - Partner in prison

If your partner is in prison you may be eligible for benefits to help you financially. If you are already claiming benefits, some of these might change to reflect your new circumstances.

1. Benefits - Partner in prison

You will now be treated as a single person or lone parent so you may become entitled to one of the following benefits for the first time:

If you already claim one of these benefits you should notify the relevant benefit office about the change in your circumstance.

2. Child benefits - Partner in prison

If your partner was claiming Child Benefit for a child you now have responsibility for, they can transfer the claim to you. For Child Tax Credit you will have to make a new claim if you now have responsibility for the child. If you are already claiming Universal Credit you should update your journal to report your change of circumstances. If you have not been claiming Universal Credit you will need to make a new claim. Use the Benefit Calculator to check your entitlement.

3. Help with housing costs - Partner in prison

If your partner was the one claiming benefits before, and they are no longer entitled to the benefit, you will need to make your own claim for help with your rent. Most people will need to claim Universal Credit, unless they fall into one of the groups who cannot claim Universal Credit.

You will also need to make a claim for Council Tax Support

If you live in a mortgaged property, see if you are entitled to Support for Mortgage Interest.

If you were already claiming these benefits, then you should notify the relevant benefit office of the change in your circumstances as this may change the amount you are entitled to.

For Housing Benefit, you will still be treated as a couple if you plan to live together again once your partner leaves prison, and he is expected to be in prison for less than 52 weeks.

For Council Tax Support you will still be treated as a couple if you are only temporarily separated

For Universal Credit you will be treated as a single person while your partner is in prison, but your income and capital will still be assessed as if your were a couple. If your partner is expected to be away from home for more than 6 months, you will be treated as a single person.