What counts as income?

People of working age

If you receive  income support, income based jobseeker’s allowance or income related employment support allowance we will not need any details about your income because we can get this information from the Department for Work and Pensions.

If you do not receive any of the above state benefits we will need to know about any income you or your partner has. We will also need to know about your savings. Normally if you have savings over £16,000 you will not be entitled to Housing or Council Tax Reduction. This does not stop you claiming Second Adult Rebate.

Types of income are as follows:

  • Earnings, wages or salary from your/your partners job
  • Other state benefits such as Working Tax Credit
  • Pension from you or your partner’s previous employer
  • Annuities (income you receive from an amount you have invested with an insurance company)
  • Rent you receive from lodgers or subtenants
  • Maintenance you receive from a former partner

Savings include:

  • Bank accounts, building society accounts and post office savings
  • PEPs, TESSAs and ISAs
  • Stocks, shares and unit trusts
  • Cash
  • Property or land you own but not the home you live in

You will need to submit original documents. Photocopies are not acceptable. You can however take your documents to either the Benefits Office, John Dickie Street, Kilmarnock or your nearest local office where a member of staff will photocopy them and note that originals have been seen.

Pensioners

If you receive pension credit, either guarantee credit or savings credit (or both) we will not need any details about your income or savings because we will can get this information from the Pension Service. For everything else we need to know about the income you and your partner get and also about the savings you have.

Types of income are as follows:

  • State pension
  • Earnings, wages or salary from your/your partners job
  • Pension from your or your partner’s previous employer
  • Annuities (income you receive from an amount you have invested with an insurance company)
  • Other state benefits
  • Rent you receive from lodgers or subtenants
  • Maintenance you receive from a former partner

Savings include:

  • Bank accounts, building society accounts and post office savings
  • PEPs, TESSAs and ISAs
  • Stocks, shares and unit trusts
  • Cash
  • Property or land you own but not the home you live in

You will need to submit original documents, photocopies are not acceptable.

You can however take your documents to either the Benefits Office as detailed below or your nearest local office where a member of staff will photocopy them and note that originals have been seen.

Contact Information

Benefits Section
PO BOX 13
John Dickie Street
Kilmarnock
East Ayrshire
KA1 1BY
Telephone: 01563 554400
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