You may qualify if you:
- are an employee in paid full-time employment that is expected to last for at least 3 months,
- work at least 19 hours every week, or 38 hours every fortnight,(see note 2)
- have an average weekly family income below the amounts outlined on page 4 for your family size,
- have at least one qualified child who normally lives with you or is part of a family supported by you. A qualified child is any child under age 18 or aged 18 to 22 if in fulltime education.
Self-employment alone does not qualify the household for FIS. Either you, your spouse, civil partner or cohabitant must be engaged in paid employment for the household to qualify for FIS.
Note 2: If you are married, in a civil partnership or cohabiting, you can add together the hours worked by you, your spouse, civil partner or cohabitant.
|Size of family
|8 children or more
If both you and your spouse, civil partner or cohabitant are working, your incomes will be added together when working out the family income.