Income support is a non-contributory benefit which is means tested. You can make a claim if you are:
- Under 60
- Have a low income
- Don’t have to be available for work
There are other criteria, for example:
- You must be in one of the categories of people who can claim Income Support
- You are not in full time work
- You are caring for a child aged under 5 years of age. For more information see the article Welfare Reform
- You are aged 16 or over. But most 16 and 17 year olds are not entitled (seek advice about this)
- You are aged under 60
- You must not be receiving ESA (Employment & Support Allowance)
- Usually, you are not subject to immigration control. (Seek advice about this)
- You must be habitually resident in the UK, Channel Islands, Republic of Ireland or the Isle of Man (this is a specialist area and you need to seek advice about this)
- You must have income and capital below a certain amount
- Usually, you must not be a student
As a single parent, you will have a compulsory interview at the Job Centre with a personal adviser as a condition of entitlement.
If you would like some personal information contact our 1-2-1 confidential email service regarding benefits, money and debt.
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