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Who can cliam Income Support?

Your age

To claim Income Support you must be under 60, and you must usually be 18 or over. If you are 60 or over, you cannot get Income Support but can claim Pension Credit instead.

Most 16- and 17-year-olds cannot claim Income Support. If you are 16 or 17 years old, you may get Income Support if you:

  • have a child or are pregnant
  • are on certain kinds of training course.

Being entitled to Income Support will also depend on whether you are still at school or live with your parents. 16- or 17-year-olds who have been in care cannot usually get Income Support, but there are exceptions. Lone parents who have been in care can get the benefit.

If you are 16 or 17 and want advice about claiming benefits, or you are 16 or 17 and have been in care, you should consult an experienced adviser, for example, at a Citizens Advice Bureau. To search for details of your nearest CAB.

Income Support Eligibility - UK Residents

You must be living in the UK to claim Income Support. If you are from overseas or have recently come to live in the UK you may have difficulty claiming Income Support, depending on your immigration status.

If you are not sure about your right to claim benefit, you should consult an experienced adviser, for example, at a Citizens Advice Bureau. To search for details of your nearest CAB, including those that can give advice by email, click on nearest CAB.

Not working or working less than 16 hours a week

To get Income Support, you must either not be working at all or work less than 16 hours a week. If you have a partner who lives with you, your partner must work under 24 hours a week. If they work for 24 hours or more, you won’t be able to get Income Support. If your partner is claiming income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance or income-related Employment and Support Allowance, this will also prevent you getting Income Support.