Income support

Blurred Walking Crowd In The StreetIf you have no income or a low income, you may be able to claim Income Support. But in certain areas, you will receive Universal Credit. To claim Income Support, you must:

  • be between 16 years old and Pension Credit Qualifying Age
  • live in England, Scotland or Wales
  • have a low income
  • work less than 16 paid hours a week
  • if you have a partner, they must be working no more than 24 paid hours a week
  • be pregnant, a carer, a lone parent with a child under five or, in some cases, unable to work because you are sick or disabled

You can also qualify for Income Support if you are:

  • aged 19 or under and in full time secondary education, and you are either a parent, not living with your parent or guardian, or a refugee learning English
  • under 21 and orphaned or estranged from your parents and enrolled in education

You cannot claim Income Support if you:

  • receive Job Seekers Allowance or Employment and Support Allowance
  • have savings of over £16,000
  • are a young person in local authority care
  • subject to immigration control or need permission from the Home Office to enter the United Kingdom

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