Income Support

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 £57.90
Single 25 or over £73.10
Lone parent 16 to 17 £57.90
Lone parent 18 or over £73.10
Couples Both under 18 £57.90
Couples Both under 18 - ‘higher rate’ £87.50
Couples One under 18, the other 18 to 24 £57.90
Couples One under 18, the other 25 or over £73.10
Couples One under 18, one over - ‘higher rate’ £114.85
Couples Both 18 or over £114.85

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 were not a couple:

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


You could also get an Income Support ‘premium’ - this is extra money based on your circumstances, for example if:

  • your partner is a pensioner
  • you’re disabled or a carer

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

The benefit cap

The benefit cap limits the total amount of benefit you can get. It applies to most people aged 16 or over who have not reached State Pension age.

Some individual benefits are not affected, but it may affect the total amount of benefit you get.

How you’re paid

Payments are usually made every 2 weeks.

All benefits, pensions and allowances are paid into your bank, building society or credit union account.