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 16 to Pension Credit qualifying age
  • You live in England, Scotland or Wales
  • You're pregnant, a carer, or a lone parent with a child under 5 
  • 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
  • In some case, you're sick or disabled and unable to work

Young people aged 16-20 in full-time further education may also get Income Support if:

  • You're a parent
  • You're not living with a parent or someone acting as a parent
  • You're a refugee learning English

You can qualify up until the age of 21 if you are orphaned or estranged from your parents and enrolled in education.

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.

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

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.