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Income Support helps people cover living costs if they are on a low income. Eligibility for income support:

  • in receipt of the severe disability premium,
  • no income or a low income, and no more than £16,000 in savings
  • not in full-time paid work (you can work less than 16 hours a week, and your partner can work less than 24 hours a week)
  • not eligible for Jobseeker Allowance or Employment and Support Allowance
  • live in England, Scotland or Wales – there are different rules for Northern Ireland

Income Support is being slowly phased out and replaced by Universal credit. For more details on Income Support and how it’s being replaced, see the Government website.

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