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Benefits: Income Support 2016/2017

 

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Eligibility

 

Income Support is available to residents of the UK and Scotland who:

• are aged between 16 and State Pension age

• are not working at all -for example if you are sick or have a disabiliy- or less than 16 hours per week

• are on low income and have less than £16,000 in savings

• be pregnant, a carer, a lone parent with a child under 5 

• have a valid reason why they cannot actively seek work

 

warning-32.png State Pension age -not to be confused with Retirement age- can be between 61 and 68, depending when someone was born and if they’re male or female. Anyone can carry on working past State Pension age. Click the following link to calculate your State Pension age.

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You can get Income Support even if you have never paid national insurance, but you will need a National Insurance number to make a claim.

 

warning-32.png To know how to get a National Insurance (NI) number read the article on NI number in the Administrative section.


How do I claim Income Support?

 

The (free) Income Support contact number is 0800 055 6688. Lines are open Monday to Friday from 08.00 to 18.00

If you phone, the JobCentre Plus adviser will ask you to provide:

• your National Insurance number

• your bank account details – Income Support will be paid into your bank account

• details about your rent or mortgage

• details of your past or present employer

• details of other income and savings

You can also download a form to fill in from the Department for Work (DWP) and Pension at: http://www.dwp.gov.uk/advisers/claimforms/a1.pdf

 

Income Support payment

 

The rates for weekly personal allowances for single are £57.90 for ages 16-24, and £73.10 for ages 25 and over.

If you are applying as a couple, and are both over the age of 18, you can receive a maximum rate of £114.85 per week.

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