Income Support

Eligibility

Income Support can help you cover your costs if you’re on a low income.

You can only apply for Income Support if you either:

If you cannot apply for Income Support you can apply for Universal Credit instead.

All of the following must also apply to you (and your partner if you have one):

  • you have no income or a low income, and no more than £16,000 in savings
  • you’re not in full-time paid work (you can work less than 16 hours a week, and your partner can work 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 - there are different rules for Northern Ireland

You must also be between 16 and Pension Credit qualifying age, and at least one of the following:

  • pregnant
  • a lone parent (including a lone adoptive parent) with a child under 5
  • a lone foster parent with a child under 16
  • a single person looking after a child under 16 before they’re adopted
  • a carer
  • on maternity, paternity or parental leave
  • unable to work and you receive Statutory Sick Pay, Incapacity Benefit or Severe Disablement Allowance
  • in full-time education (not university), aged between 16 and 20, and a parent
  • in full-time education (not university), aged between 16 and 20, and not living with a parent or someone acting as a parent
  • a refugee learning English - your course needs to be at least 15 hours a week, and you must have started it within 12 months of entering the UK
  • in custody or due to attend court or a tribunal

You do not need a permanent address - for example, you can still claim if you:

  • sleep rough
  • live in a hostel or care home