This is a benefit for people on a low income. It is for people aged between 16 and retirement age.
Income Support helps cover basic living costs. It’s for people who do not have to register as being unemployed if they are out of work. This includes:
- single parents with a child under five
- some people who get Statutory Sick Pay but still don’t have enough to live on
- people who claimed Income Support on the basis of incapacity to work before 31 January 2011.
If you are making a new claim, Income Support is gradually being replaced by Universal Credit in England, Scotland and Wales. Universal Credit will be introduced in Northern Ireland during 2017.
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.