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Income Support

If you don't have a lot of savings and work less than 16 hours a week you could claim income support to help you make ends meet
What is Income Support?

Income Support is a benefit that is paid to people who are on a low income. You do not have to sign on as unemployed to receive Income Support.

Who qualifies for Income Support?

To qualify for Income Support you must live in Great Britain and be between the age of 16 and the age that you receive Pension Credit. You must be on a low income and cannot have savings above £16,000. Income Support is not available for people in full-time education, unless you are a parent, a refugee, at risk of violence or not living with a parent or guardian. Income Support is not available for people who are in receipt of Jobseeker's Allowance or Employment and Support Allowance.

How much is Income Support?

The amount of Income Support you will receive depends on your age, status, income and savings. The following weekly amounts are provided as a general guide, but you will need to check specific amounts by using the benefits adviser.

Can I claim Income Support while I am working?

You can claim Income Support if you work less than 16 hours a week, depending on how much you earn and your personal and/or family circumstances.

How do I claim Income Support?

You can claim Income Support by telephone on 0800 055 6688, textphone on 0800 023 4888 or by downloading a claim form. You will need to provide the following information when you claim:

Where can I get more information about Income Support?

More information about Income Support can be obtained from the Government information website.