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Income Support

What is Income Support?

Income Support helps people who do not have enough to live on. It is for certain groups of people who don't get Jobseeker's Allowance or Employment and Support Allowance and are not in full time employment.

Applies to: England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales

Age rules: You must usually be 18 or over but under Pension Credit age. Some 16 and 17 year olds can get Income Support though - see our section for Young People

Type of benefit: Means tested

Taxable: No (in most instances)

Administered by: Department for Work and Pensions - Jobcentre Plus