What is Income Support?
Income Support is a means-tested benefit for people aged 16 to pension age. It aims to help with basic weekly living costs. Whether you qualify or not, and how much you get, depends on your circumstances.
Am I eligible for Income Support?
To be eligible for income support you must:
- not receive job seekers allowance or ESA
- or if you’ve had a change in circumstances which means you would need to change from type of benefit to another.
How much income support may I receive?
The current Income Support rates can be found at www.gov.uk.
When pension age is reached, Pension Credit may be payable instead.
If you are of working age and get benefits like Income Support, income-related Employment and Support Allowance (ESA), income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA), Housing Benefit, Child Tax Credit or Universal Credit, the government may limit (cap) the amount of weekly benefit for you and your family.
How to claim Income Support
Visit www.gov.uk for more information on income support.
Where can I get benefits advice?
It can be useful to speak with someone about the benefits you may be entitled to and how they may impact upon your other benefits. A local independent advice service can help guide you through the process such as;
- Citizens Advice Newcastle – provide advice to anyone in Newcastle
- Newcastle Welfare Rights Service – provide advice to people in priority groups including those over 65. They have self help material on their website.
- Visit ‘Where to get benefit advice’ by Newcastle City Council.
Other Useful Information
- Payment Exception Service was introduced as cheques are no longer used to pay state benefits and Pension credit. Information Now has more details on the service available to those unable to use bank accounts.
- Telephones article on Information Now has details of a more affordable telephone service if you are in receipt of certain benefits for example, Pension Credit, Income Support, Universal Credit or Jobseeker’s Allowance.
Last updated: October 2, 2018