Got work but the salary just isn’t enough? Are you a lone parent in the said age group? Would you be a caregiver for a person with disabilities? Are you pregnant and cannot work anymore? To top it all up, you have low income. Well if you fit these, you’re certainly fit to get income support.
You just gotta remember a few details if you do want to get the income support. First is how to claim it, then some other guidelines that might really help.
1. Claim By Telephone
You can claim the income support by phone. You just have to find the number in the phone book under Government, Social Security Agency. This way, you can directly voice out your concern to the proper person. Also, if the agency has other concerns you can answer them directly.
You can be too busy to claim the income support yourself. But if this does happen, you can ask someone else to do it on your behalf. You can have your friends or a close relative to do it for you. You’ll need a letter and some IDs for this.
2. Claiming By Writing
The same goes with making a call. It’s just that it’ll take longer by way of mail. You can also get the address in the phone book under the same category. More paper works and forms in the mail could be the case, but it pays to be sure right?
Again, your friends and relatives can definitely do it for you. In this case, they’re the ones to write the letter to the agency. The requirements are just the the same for verification purposes.
3. Claiming Online
E-service is now available to claim online. This is so far the fastest way to claim income support and the most convenient at that. You can visit the income support website any time and try to have an overview.
You can download forms from the internet that you can just print at home. Or, you can download a form and complete it on screen, then send it back. The income claim gets usually dealt within 8 days.
4. Income Details
Always remember to include your income details. If you don’t, investigation may follow and the claim can be cancelled. Same goes with any partner that lives with you. Better to prevent a problem from occurring, so better keep your local center updated.
5. Always Update Your Job Center
Always inform the Job Centre Plus of any updates about your life.
- Inform the center if you have plans to move to another address.
- If you have to stay in the hospital for some time, let them know.
- Any changes in the account that you use to pay benefits into.
- Also any change in work hours, would it be more or lesser.
If you’re not sure if a certain change can affect your eligibility, still ask the Center. It helps to prevent any problem that may take place. Also, you don’t have to worry for delayed claims, especially if the need arises.