The definition of a couple is a difficult one, but the British Government is helpful enough to offer some guidance. This is not out of a desire to bring clarity to the lives of the general populace; rather it is about the prosaic world of Housing Benefit. The specifics are too boring to go into, but the question of whether two people living together are a couple is important to these people. This was a situation I ran into a number of years ago when I was living with a girl (and not having sex with her). The Council sent a man round to my house to investigate - a surreal experience. This questionnaire was recently extended to cover same-sex couples.
I present the abridged Department for Work and Pensions questionnaire to identify whether you're a couple ("a LTAHAW/CP situation"). Use it wisely.
Oh dear. So far it's sounds like SharQ and I are a couple
Another question I was asked:
Questions they're not allowed to ask, but if volunteered are "taken into consideration":
Phew. That's ok then.
Identifying a potential LTAHAW/CP situation