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In work - on a low income

If you are in work but on a low income, there may be benefits, grants or other financial support available to you.

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People who are in work can qualify for benefits.

To check what benefits you might be entitled to quickly and easily, you can use the Turn2us Benefits Calculator

To read more about the benefits available for people who are in work but on a low income, select from the list below:

Universal Credit - if you are in work on a low income or out of work.

Self-employment and benefits - If you or your partner are working or thinking of starting work as a self-employed person, you might qualify for benefits to top up your income. The benefits you are entitled to will depend on your circumstances (your age, the number of hours you work and how much you earn).

If you are working less than 16 hours a week and have made enough national insurance contributions, you may be able to claim New Style Jobseeker's Allowance.

Related information

Apprenticeships and Benefits

Getting into Work

Facing redundancy

Help with childcare costs


To find out what help may be available from grant giving charities, you can use the Turn2us Grants Search

Turn2us Grants Search

If you looking for help with electricity, water or gas bills, please use this link - You have to do the postcode, age and gender search first. When you click the 'Next' button, the results will show energy and water company schemes and grant-giving charities that may be able to help you with these costs.

Advice and Support

Turn2us is unable to offer advice on individual situations. To find an adviser in your area to discuss your situation with, you can use the Turn2us Find an Adviser

Useful tools

Problems at work

Contact ACAS for help dealing with problems at work, for example if you’re paid less than the minimum wage or your employment agency isn’t treating you fairly.

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Reviewed: December 2021


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