Income Support can give extra money to help people on a low income if they can't be available for full-time work and don't have enough money to live on. Whether you qualify and how much you receive depends on your circumstances.
You may be eligible to receive Income Support if:
- You are aged between 16 and the Pension Credit qualifying age
- You have no income or a low income and no more than £16,000 in savings
You must also be at least one of the following:
- Pregnant, a carer, or a lone parent with a child under 5
- On maternity, paternity or parental leave
- In full-time (not university) education, aged between 16 and 20 and not living with a parent or someone acting as a parent
Income Support is not paid to young people who are being looked after by a local authority.
How to make a claim
Call into your nearest Jobcentre Plus office. or call Freephone 0800 055 66 88 (Textphone 0800 023 48 88). Depending on your circumstances and where you live, you may need to claim Universal Credit instead. For more information visit the GOV.UK website.