Income Related Benefits

Income Support

Income support is an income-related benefit for people aged 16 to 59 with low income who are unable to work. Part-time work is allowed within fixed limits. Your savings must be below fixed limits.

For people aged 60 or over please view the information on Pension Credits below.

Income-Based Jobseeker's Allowance

Income-based Jobseeker's Allowance is for people aged 18 to 64 with low income who are seeking work.

In some circumstances 16 to 17 year olds can claim. Part-time work is allowed within fixed limits. Your savings must be below fixed limits.

Pension Credit

There are two elements of Pension Credit:

  1. Guarantee Credit is an entitlement for people aged 60 or over with low income. It tops up your income to the set guaranteed level. The amount of benefit you receive will be affected by your savings if they are above fixed limits.
  2. Savings Credit is for people aged 65 or over who are rewarded for saving for their retirement. As such, you may be able to get extra help if your pension provision is above the state pension level. This is paid with any Guarantee Credit.

Some people may get either the guarantee credit element or the savings credit element and some people will get both elements. Further information is available from The Pension Service.

Other Income-Related Benefits

People who get one of the above income-related benefits may also be able to get Housing Benefit and / or Council Tax Support. Tax Credits may also apply. Further information is available from Jobcentre Plus.