Income support is a way to help cover financial costs if you are living on a minimal income. In order to be eligible to apply for income support, you must receive the severe disability premium or have gotten the severe disability premium within the last month. In order to be eligible, you must have no or low income and a savings of less than £16,000. You also must not work full-time for pay, and you also cannot be eligible for Employment and Support Allowance or Jobseeker’s Allowance. You must reside in England, Wales, or Scotland, and your age must fall between 16 and Pension Credit qualifying age.
In order to be eligible, you must also either be currently pregnant, have a child under the age of 5 that you are a lone parent to, be a single foster parent to a child younger than 16, be on maternity leave, be on paternal leave, or be on parental leave. Further circumstances that will also fulfill this requirement are if you receive Statutory Sick Pay, receive Severe Disablement Allowance, receive Incapacity benefit, are between ages 16 and 20 in full time education as a parent, are between ages 16 and 20 and do not reside with a parent or guardian, or if you are due to attend a tribunal or court and in custody. You can also fulfill this requirement if you are a refugee that is in process of learning English and your course is a minimum of 15 hours per week as well as having started the English course within the first years of entering the UK.
A permanent address is not required to be eligible for Income support, providing you meet all of the other criteria. If you have any questions regarding eligibility for Income Support, you can call the UK Income Support helpline number for assistance. You may be able to receive a higher rate of Income Support if you are responsible for caring for a child. You may also be able to receive an Income Support Premium if you are a caregiver or if you are disabled. You can also qualify for the Premium if you have a partner that is a pensioner.
All allowances, benefits, and pensions are paid directly into your credit union, bank, or building society account, and payments are typically made every two weeks. You can apply for Income Support by posting a claim form to the closest Jobcentre Plus. You can also apply by calling the Jobcentre Plus new claims phone number. You should expect to provide details about where you live, who resides with you, your personal income, and the income of your partner if applicable. Should you receive an unfavorable decision, you do have the opportunity to ask for mandatory consideration or challenge the decision. It is required that you report any circumstantial changes in order to continue receiving the proper amount of Income Support. If a change is not reported within a timely manner, your claim may be reduced or stopped altogether.