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Housing benefit

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Housing benefit and council tax benefit regulations for LGBT people, as altered by the Civil Partnership Act.

From the commencement of the Civil Partnership Act 2004 on 5 December 2005 all same-sex cohabiting couples are treated in the same way as cohabiting opposite-sex couples. This applies whether or not the couple has registered as civil partners. This means that both registered civil partners, and unregistered cohabiting same-sex couples are treated as making one joint claim, and will have their resources aggregated when benefits are calculated. The section on Housing benefit covers this in more detail.

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