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Income Support is extra money to help people on a low income who are not working (or only working part-time).

The basic amount of Income Support varied dependant upon your age and circumstances, couples over 18 could get up to £114.85 per week.

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You may be able to get income support if you meet all the eligibility criteria.

The actual amount you get depends on your circumstances, but if you qualify and have no income you’ll get at least £57.90 a week.

 

You can also claim Child Tax Credit if you claim Income Support and have children.

 

Use a benefits calculator to work out what money you can get if you’re on a low income.

 

To qualify for Income Support you must be all 5 of the following:

 

1. Pregnant, a carer or a lone parent with a child under 5 or, in some cases, unable to work because you’re sick or disabled

2. Between 16 and Pension Credit qualifying age

3. You have no income or a low income and no more than £16,000 in savings (your partner’s income and savings will be taken into account)

4. Working less than 16 hours a week and your partner must also work less than 24 hours a week (you may still qualify if you do unpaid voluntary work or go on parental or paternity leave).

5. Living in England, Scotland or Wales - there are different rules for Northern Ireland

 

You may also qualify if you’re in full-time education (excluding university), are aged between 16 and 20 and are one of the following:

 

1. A parent

2. Not living with a parent or someone acting as a parent

3. A refugee learning English

 

You’ll continue to receive Income Support until your course finishes if you’re orphaned or estranged from your parents and it ends the same year that you turn 21.

 

You don’t need a permanent address - for example, you can still claim if you:

 

1. Sleep rough

2. Live in a hostel or care home.

 

Personal allowance

You must be at least 16 to get Income Support.

 

Status, Age and Weekly payments

 

Single - 16 to 24; £57.90

Single - 25 or over; £73.10

Lone parent - 16 to 17; £57.90

Lone parent - 18 or over £73.10

Couples - Both under 18; £57.90

Couples - Both under 18; - ‘higher rate’ £87.50

Couples - One under 18, the other 18 to 24; £57.90

Couples - One under 18, the other 25 or over; £73.10

Couples - One under 18, one over; ‘higher rate’ £114.85

Couples - Both 18 or over; £114.85

 

When you won’t qualify

You won’t usually qualify if you:

 

1. Get Jobseeker’s Allowance or Employment and Support Allowance

2. Are a young person being looked after by a local authority (unless you’re a single parent)

3. Have savings above £16,000

4. Need permission to enter the UK

 

Use a benefits calculator to check your eligibility.

You can’t get Income Support and Universal Credit at the same time.

 

If your circumstances change

If your circumstances change you should always notify JobCentre Plus about any changes in your circumstances such as your address, income, savings or the people in your household.

 

You might be committing benefit fraud if you choose not to report a change.

 

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