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  • What is Income Support?

    Income Support helps people who do not have enough to live on. It is only available for certain groups of people who do not get Jobseeker's Allowance or Employment and Support Allowance and are not in full time employment.  Income Support is being replaced by Universal Credit...

  • Can I get Income Support?

    Income Support is being replaced by Universal Credit. You won't be able to make a new claim for Income Support, unless you are responsible for three or more children.  You would be referred to claim Universal Credit instead, if you try to make a new claim for Income Suppo...

  • How much Income Support will I get?

    It is complicated to work out how much Income Support you might get. Your income from different sources is added up and compared against what the government considers your needs are. Your needs will depend on your family circumstances, for example:how old you areif you live a...

  • How do I claim Income Support?

    Phone Jobcentre Plus: Telephone: 0800 055 6688 Textphone: 0800 023 4888 Welsh language line: 0800 012 1888 Download a claim form from the GOV. UK website (link opens in a new window PDF file size 299kb) Download a claim form from the NI Direct website (link opens i...

  • How do I challenge an Income Support decision?

    If you disagree with the decision made on your Income Support claim, for example due to incorrect information being used, you can ask for it to be looked at again, if you still disagree you can appeal. The time limits are strict, you will usually be given one month to dispute...

  • What is Child Benefit?

    Child Benefit is money paid to parents or other people who are responsible for bringing up a child. Applies to: England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland Age rules: There are no specific age rules for the person making the claim Type of benefit: Non means-tested Taxable:...

  • Who is a full time student for benefit purposes?

    For Jobseeker’s Allowance, Income Support, income-related Employment and Support Allowance, Housing Benefit and Council Tax Support, whether you are a full-time student depends on your age and the level of the course. You are a full-time student if: • You are not a "qualifyi...

  • Can full time students claim out of work benefits?

    Even if you are unemployed and looking for work, you will not be entitled to Jobseeker's Allowance (JSA) if you are a full-time student. The exception to this is;If you are a lone parentA member of a couple with a child where both of you are full-time students and you cl...

  • Can full time students get help with housing costs?

    If you are a full-time student, you can get Housing Benefit if you meet one of the following examples of  conditions: • you receive Income Support (IS) or income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA) or income-related Employment and Support Allowance • you are a lone parent...

  • Can full time students claim disability benefits?

    If you are not able to work due to illness or disability, you may be entitled to contributory Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) while you are a full-time student if you have previously worked and paid national insurance contributions. As a full time student you w...