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Income Support for carers

Income Support is a benefit for certain groups of people who may not have enough money to live on. These can include carers and some single parents.

About Income Support

This is a means-tested benefit, which means it depends on how much or little money you have coming in. The reason why it’s only for some groups of people is because there are other benefits for people who are out of work and don’t have enough money. These include Jobseeker’s Allowance and Employment and Support Allowance.

Who is Income Support for?

You may get Income Support if you:

  • are of working age, which is between 16 years old and your Pension Credit age (which is gradually going up – to work it out visit  )
  • don’t have enough money to live on according to what the law says you need (the means test)
  • work less than 16 hours a week and, if you have a partner, they work less than 24 hours a week
  • have up to £16,000 in savings.

And, along with all the above, you fall into a category of people who don’t have to look for work. This includes:

If you’re too sick or disabled to work, and aren’t entitled to SSP, you should claim income-related Employment and Support Allowance instead.

If you’re already getting Income Support because of sickness or disability, you’ll be reassessed at some point to see if you qualify for Employment and Support Allowance.

How much could you get?

This will depend on your circumstances and other income. For more details see’s guide  .

How to claim Income Support

If you live in Scotland, England or Wales, visit your local Jobcentre Plus, phone 0800 055 6688 (or textphone 0800 023 4888) or visit the website  .

If you live in Northern Ireland, phone 0800 022 4250 or visit the nidirect website   for more details.

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