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 work less than 16 hours per week and your partner, if you have one, works less than 24 hours a week
  • You're not eligible for Jobseeker’s Allowance or Employment and Support Allowance
  • You live in England, Scotland or Wales

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
  • In full-time (not university) education, aged between 16 and 20 and a parent
  • A refugee learning English for at least 15 hours a week
  • In custody or due to attend court or a tribunal
  • In some case, you're sick or disabled and unable to work

Income Support is not paid to young people who are being looked after by a local authority.

You can't get Income Support if you already get Jobseeker’s Allowance or Employment and Support Allowance. You can’t get Income Support and Universal Credit at the same time.

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

Universal Credit

Universal Credit (UC) is being phased in by the Government which will replace six existing benefits, including Income Support, with a single payment. For information vist the GOV.UK website.