2. What you'll get

You get:

  • a basic payment (personal allowance)
  • extra payments (premiums)

Your income and any savings (over £5,999) can affect how much you get.

Personal allowance

You must be at least 16 to get Income Support.

Status Age Weekly payment
Single 16 to 24 £57.35
Single 25 or over £72.40
Lone parent 16 to 17 £57.35
Lone parent 18 or over £72.40
Couples Both under 18 £57.35
Couples Both under 18 - ‘higher rate’ £86.65
Couples One under 18, the other 18 to 24 £57.35
Couples One under 18, the other 25 or over £72.40
Couples One under 18, one over - ‘higher rate’ £113.70
Couples Both 18 or over £113.70

Higher rate

You could get the higher rate if either of you is responsible for a child, or if each of you would be eligible for one of the following if you weren’t a couple:

  • Employment and Support Allowance
  • Income Support
  • Jobseeker’s Allowance

Premiums

You could also get an Income Support ‘premium’ - extra money based on your circumstances, eg if your partner is a pensioner, or you’re disabled or a carer.

Use a benefits calculator to work out how much you can get.

How you’re paid

Payments are usually made every 2 weeks.

All benefits, pensions and allowances are paid into an account, eg a bank account.

The benefit cap limits the amount of benefit that most people aged 16 to 64 can get. Some individual benefits aren’t affected, but it may affect the total amount of benefit you get.