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Income Support

Non-legal words

A means tested benefit for people under state pension credit age who are excused from being available for and seeking work,usually because of caring responsibilities. The main groups entitled to Income Support are:

  • A carer for a severely disabled person
  • A lone parent with a child under 5
  • Someone who is in the late stages of pregnancy or has recently been pregnant

Income Support and the other working age means-tested benefits are being gradually phased and replaced by Universal Credit.