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Income Support rates

​​​​Adults and children​

For each adult and​ child in an Income Support household, a fixed sum of money is paid to cover personal costs.

Single parent component 

If you’re a single parent and you’re bringing up a child or children as part of your household, you’re allocated a higher basic component than other single adults. 

To be eligible, you need to:

  • already be receiving Income Support
  • have parental responsibility for a child and / or a person over compulsory school leaving age in your household who:
    • is in in full-time education or training in Jersey  
    • is under 19 years old

You must also make sure that you don’t have any other person over compulsory school leaving age as a member of your household, unless: 

  • the person is in full-time education or training 
  • the person is under 19 years old
  • you have parental responsibility for them

​Component Type

​Weekly rate £

(From 1 October 2019)

​Single Parent​40.39
​First Child​77.98
​Subsequent children ​69.23
​Household (if you rent or own your home)​55.51

Accommodation component​

​Depending on your circumstances, you could get help towards rent, or a smaller amount if you own your home. If you rent or own a property, you are responsible for paying your own parish rates.

If you rent a property from a social housing landlord, your full rent can be included as long as you are occupying an appropriate property for the size of your household. 

If you rent in the private sector, the rent charged by your landlord can be included up to a maximum weekly amount. 

If you own your own property, a set amount is included.

Housing​​: private

Weekly maximum rate £

(from 1 October 2019)​


​Bedsit / lodgings (private rental)


1 bedroom flat (private rental)


2 bedroom flat (private rental)


3 (or more) bedroom flat (private rental)


1 bedroom house ​(private rental)


2 bedroom house (private rental)


3 bedroom house (private rental)


4 bedroom house (private rental)


5 (or more) bedroom house (private rental)


​Bedsit (owner)


1 bedroom flat (owner)


2 bedroom flat (owner)


3 bedroom flat (owner)


​4 (or more) bedroom flat (owner)


1 bedroom house (owner)


​2 bedroom house (owner)


3 (or more) bedroom house (owner)​


Medical and disability

​If you have a long-term medical condition or disability that means you need extra support, you may be able to get medical payments. You can also get support if you are a carer for somebody with a severe illness or disability.

You can't get some medical components at the same time as getting the Long Term Care benefit, if you think you might have these kinds of care needs contact us for more information.

​Medical components and carers
​Weekly rate £

(From 1 October 2019)

​​Personal care: level one​24.92
​​Personal care: level two​109.34
​Personal care: level three​157.01
​​Mobility: non-earner​24.92
​​Mobility: earner​49.77
​Clinical cost (five or more extra GP visits)​3.50
​​Clinical cost​ (nine or more extra GP visits)​7.00


​If you have children, you could get help towards the cost of childcare while:

  • you're working
  • you have an illness / disability that restricts your ability to care for your children
We can pay up to the below hourly maximum rate per child.
​Childcare​Hourly maximum rate £

(from 1 October 2019)​

​Childcare for under 3 year olds7.14​
​Childcare for 3 to 4 year olds​5.57
​Childcare for 5 to 11 year olds ​5.57

​Capital limits​

You can have a set level of savings before your Income Support is affected. If you have anything above these levels, you’ll receive less benefit.
​Capital limits​Maximum before benefit is affected £
(from 7 April 2014)
​Single adult with personal care element​13,706
​Other single adult under pensionable age​​9,137
​Couple (at least one with personal care element)​22,718
​Other couple under pensionable age​15,145
​Single adult over pensionable age​13,706
​Couple over pensionable age​22,718

Income and earning disregards

When we decide how much Income Support you'll get, we'll ignore a set percentage or amount of:

  • your income
  • maintenance income
  • your old age pension

These percentages and amounts can be found below.

​Income and earning disregards​After 1 October 2019
​Earned income26%​
​Maintenance income​26%
​Old age pension income​26%
​​Pensioners who were getting Income Support before 1 January 2016​ are entitled to have the first £55.23 of their pension disregarded in full, and an additional £35.77 for an additional pensioner in their household.​
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