||<p>Before the matter was debated in the passage of the Welfare Reform Act 2012 the
government did the 2011 Universal Credit Equality Impact Assessment then there has
been ongoing equality analysis of the mixed age couple change. <a href="https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/universal-credit-equality-impact-assessment"
</p><p>On 28 February 2019, the DWP published a research and analysis paper relating
to mixed age couples estimated to be affected by the change in policy: <a href="http://www.gov.uk/government/publications/mixed-age-couples-benefit-impacts-of-ending-access-to-pension-credit-and-pension-age-housing-benefit"
</p><p>It shows that the vast majority of mixed age couples comprised a male and female
partner. There is no indication that the change will have a disproportionate impact
on the basis of sex.</p>