Income-based Jobseekers Allowance and Income Support
What are they?
Weekly payments for people who are not in full time work and do not have enough to live on. If your family income falls below a certain level the benefit will 'top it up'. This means that you may be able to get income-based JSA or Income Support even if you are already getting Statutory Maternity Pay, Maternity Allowance, Incapacity benefit or some income from part-time work.
Who gets them?
You can claim income-based JSA if you are 18 or over and either you or your partner are actively seeking work. Usually you would claim this benefit if you are living with your partner and you are either unemployed or working part time. You should also claim it if you are single and unemployed but your baby has not been born yet.
You can claim Income Support if you are 16 or over and cannot be available for work. This could be because you are a single parent or because you are 29 weeks pregnant or more. You may also get Income Support if you are single and pregnant and you are too sick to work.
You cannot claim either income-based JSA or Income Support if you have a partner who lives with you and who works for 24 hours or more a week, or if you work for more than 16 hours a week, or if you have savings of more than £8,000.