This is a means-tested benefit for people on a low income. It is for people aged between 16 and State Pension age.
Income Support helps cover basic living costs. It’s for people who don’t have to register as being unemployed if they’re out of work. This includes:
- single parents with a child under five
- people who claimed on the basis of incapacity to work before 31 January 2011.
If you’re unemployed and looking for work, you can claim Jobseeker’s Allowance instead.
Income Support is gradually being replaced by Universal Credit, for people making a new claim in England, Scotland and Wales. The benefit you have to apply for will depend on where you live. To find out how these changes may affect you, contact a welfare rights adviser.