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If your Income Support has stopped

This advice applies to Scotland

Your Income Support might have stopped because:

  • you didn’t report a change in circumstances - for example, your partner moved in with you
  • the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) thinks you’re earning more than you told them
  • you didn’t reply when the DWP wrote to check certain details of your claim
  • the DWP thinks you're no longer caring for someone
  • your child turned 5

The DWP should have written to tell you that your Income Support is being stopped - and the date it will end. The letter will say something like ‘you’re no longer entitled to Income Support’ and should tell you why.

If you can’t find the letter, you can call the DWP to find out why your Income Support has stopped.

DWP - Income Support
Telephone: 0345 608 8545
Monday to Friday, 8am to 6pm
Textphone: 0345 608 8551

Calls cost up to 12p a minute from landlines and up to 45p a minute from mobiles. It should be free if you call from your mobile and have landline calls included in your contract. 

Make a note of the date and time you call. Also write down the name of the person you spoke to. You might need these details when you ask for your Income Support to start again. 

Challenging the DWP’s decision to stop your Income Support

If you disagree with the DWP’s reasons for stopping your Income Support, you can ask them to change the decision. For example, if they stopped your Income Support because they think you live with your partner when you don’t.

To do this, you’ll need to ask for a ‘mandatory reconsideration’. See challenging an Income Support decision for how to ask for one.

If the DWP’s decision to stop your Income Support was correct but your circumstances have changed and you’re entitled again, you’ll need to make a new claim.

Claiming other benefits

As well as Income Support, you might be able to get one or more of these benefits:

  • Housing Benefit
  • tax credits
  • Council Tax Reduction

Use the Turn2Us benefits calculator to see if you should apply for any other benefits.

If you already get Housing Benefit and are challenging the decision to stop your Income Support, tell your local authority. Telling them why the DWP decision is wrong should help prevent your Housing Benefit from stopping too.

If you don’t have enough to live on while your benefits are sorted, you can get emergency help with things like heating or items you need for your house - for example a bed or cooker.

See food banks and other help in your area for how to apply.

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