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Income Support - how much you can get

This advice applies to Scotland

If you get Income Support you should have a 'basic payment' paid into your bank account every 2 weeks.

You might get additional payments - known as ‘premiums’ - on top of the basic payment if you need extra help. For example if you or your partner is disabled.

Check when you'll get Cost of Living Payments

The government will give everyone claiming Income Support a £326 ‘Cost of Living Payment’. You should get this between 14 July 2022 and 31 July 2022.

You can get this payment if you were getting Income Support at any point between 26 April 2022 and 25 May 2022.

It doesn’t matter if it was paid to someone else or if you didn’t get paid because of sanctions or deductions.

You’ll only get 1 payment - even if you’re claiming more than 1 benefit.

The government have said there’ll be a second Cost of Living Payment in Autumn 2022.

Your basic payment

What you get depends on your circumstances - particularly your age and whether you claim as a couple. 

The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) work out your payments by looking at things like your income and savings.

If you're single

Your circumstance Weekly payment
16 to 24 £61.05
25 or over £77.00
Parent aged 18 or over £77.00
Parent aged 16 or 17 £61.05

If you're part of a couple

Your circumstance Weekly payment
Both aged 18 or over £121.05
Both under 18, or one is under 18 and the other is 18 to 24

£61.05 (or £121.05 if you have children)

One person is under 18 and the other is 25 or over

£77.00 (or £121.05 if you have children)

If you or your partner is disabled 

You might get an additional Income Support premium if you or your partner is ill or disabled - this is called the ‘disability premium’.

If you or your partner is eligible, you can get an extra:

  • £36.20 a week if you’re single
  • £51.60 a week if you’re in a couple

You might get further payments on top of this if you qualify for the ‘severe’ or ‘enhanced’ disability premium.

You can check if you’re eligible for disability premiums on GOV.UK.

If you're a carer

You can usually get an extra £38.85 a week on top of your basic Income Support payment if you’re eligible for Carer’s Allowance. This is called the ‘carer premium’.

It doesn’t matter if you aren’t actually paid any Carer’s Allowance, for example because you claim other benefits that overlap. You’ll qualify for the carer premium as long as you’re eligible and make a claim.

You can check if you’re eligible for Carer’s Allowance on GOV.UK.

You can use the Turn2us benefits calculator to get an idea of what you should get. 

Getting help with housing costs

If you get Income Support, you might qualify for help with your housing costs. What you can get depends on whether you rent or own your home, and how you pay for it.

If you rent your home, you might qualify for Housing Benefit when you claim Income Support. This is to help pay for your rent - find out how much you could get on GOV.UK.

If you own your home, you might get additional Income Support payments to help pay your service charges.

You might also be able to get a government loan to help pay the interest on your mortgage or loans for improvements and repairs.

If you pay a service charge

You can get an additional Income Support payment to pay your service charge. You won’t have to pay this money back - it’s part of your Income Support.

You can get the extra payment if your service charge is to pay for:

  • building insurance - if it’s part of a condition of your lease
  • small repairs, for example to water pipes
  • small improvements, for example painting a hallway

You can’t get the extra payment if your service charge is to pay for:

  • major improvements, for example adding extra insulation
  • major repairs, for example repairing a roof
  • emergency alarms - for example a Careline alarm

If you have a mortgage or other loan for your home

You can get a loan from the DWP to help pay your mortgage interest, as well as interest on loans taken out to pay for things like:

  • the freehold of your property
  • your ex-partner’s share in your property
  • major repairs and improvements

The loan is called ‘support for mortgage interest’ (SMI). You’ll have to pay it back, but usually only when you sell your home or give it to someone else.

You’ll need to decide if SMI is the best way to help pay your mortgage interest - find out if you can get SMI and what to think about.

To get an idea of how much you could get, contact your nearest Citizens Advice. You’ll need to bring details of your housing costs, for example how much you have left to pay on your mortgage.

Help with other housing costs

If you’re getting Income Support you can get help with other housing costs, including:

If you're struggling with money

There are things you can do to save on your regular living costs. Check what to do if you need help with living costs.

If you’re finding it hard to pay your bills, you can get help. Find out more about getting help with your bills.

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