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Income Support and Pension Credit

Income Support is extra money to help people on a low income. It’s for people who don't have to sign on as unemployed. Whether you qualify or not and how much you get depends on your circumstances.

It's for people who all the following apply to:

  • are between age 16 and the age they can get Pension Credit
  • have a low income
  • work less than 16 hours a week
  • aren't in full-time study (but there are some exceptions)
  • don't get Jobseeker's Allowance or Employment and Support Allowance
  • don't have savings above £16,000
  • live in Great Britain

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You may get Income support if you are a carer.
Income Support entitlement will depend on your specific circumstances. Please contact your local Job Centre Plus office to discuss your circumstances.
Birkenhead office - 0845 608 8529

  • Pension Credit

Please click on the link below for all the relevant information about being a carer and receiving a pension. You may be entitled to ‘top-ups’ if you are over 60 and a carer.

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Updated April 2015