There are several instances under which you may not get income support or the package you get could be changed. It serves to help maintain the dignity of those who are earning very low incomes or not earning at all so that they are able to get along well and enjoy a humane life with all the necessary amenities and requirements.

When might you not qualify?

You might not qualify if you are under immigration control for example if you need permission to enter the UK or you have temporary visa. The other reason why you might not qualify is if you have savings above £16,000. That means you can be quite stable. If you are under 16 years and being looked after you do not qualify unless you are a lone parent. If you get Jobseekers or employment support allowances you will also not qualify for the same. Also you get it if you are receiving the universal credit. The universal credit is also applied for if you don’t have work or are on low income.

What limits how much you get?

What you get is limited by the benefit cap. The cap may not affect individual benefits but will affect the total amount on all the benefits. This is for people aged from 16 to 64 years. The total you are going to get on all the benefits will not exceed the cap amount that is allowed. The cap amount depends largely on where you live in the UK.

Does a home address affect your eligibility?

No. you will enjoy the benefits of income support even if you do not have a permanent address. This is for people who live in hostels or even the homeless. People in the care homes are also able to apply and enjoy the benefits.

When is the amount you receive affected?

The amount you receive can be changed when your situations change. For instance, if you were receiving this when in education and you get employment then you might not be eligible to continue getting the same or the amount you get may change depending on what you are earning now. The changes if any should therefore be communicated to the Job centre Plus. Other changes like address, savings, and number of people in the household should be communicated also. Failure to communicate to the centre may be interpreted as benefit fraud. If this happens your benefits may stop entirely as you are being investigated. The investigations are carried out by fraud investigation officers who will gather information about your case and decide on what action to take. You could be asked to pay a penalty if found guilty at the same time you could be asked to pay back for the overpaid benefits. There are benefits however which cannot be reduced or stopped.