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Income support

If you’re under Pension Credit qualifying age and living on a low income, you could benefit from Income Support.

What is Income Support?

Income Support is a benefit to help people on a low income. If you’re unable to work or don't work many hours, this benefit could help to top up your income.

How much money could I get from Income Support?

You could get up to:

  • £74.35 a week if you’re single
  • £116.80 a week if you’re a couple

But the amount you get may vary depending on your circumstances. For example you may get more money if you're disabled.

Am I eligible to claim Income Support?

You may be able to claim Income Support if you can say yes to all of the following:

  • Are you below the age you can claim Pension Credit?
  • Are you a carer, or a lone parent or grandparent looking after a child younger than 5?
  • Are you on a low income?
  • Do you have less than £16,000 in savings?
  • Do you work fewer than 16 hours a week?
  • If you have a partner, do they work fewer than 24 hours a week?

What counts as a low income?

When you apply for Income Support, your income, savings and circumstances will be taken into account. What counts as a low income will depend on your individual situation.

If you’re not sure whether you’re eligible, you could use our benefits calculator to find out:

How do I claim Income Support?

To claim contact your local Social Security or Jobs & Benefits office.

Or download an application form from NI Direct, print, complete and take it to the office noted the form, or your local Social Security or Jobs & Benefits office.

Read more on the NI Direct website.

Benefits Calculator

Use the online benefits calculator to find out much money could you claim.

Age NI Advice Service

Every year our Advice Service deals with thousands of calls from older people in need. Call us today to make sure that you are receiving all the help and support available to you.

Call freephone 0808 808 7575
Monday - Friday 9am – 5pm 


Last updated: Feb 22 2021

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