Source - PRN

Notification and public disclosure of transactions by persons discharging managerial responsibilities and persons closely associated with them

1 Details  of  the  person  discharging  managerial  responsibilities  /  person  closely associated
a) Name Lynn Christine Ruddick
2 Reason for the notification
a) Position/status  Non-Executive Director - Lynn Christine Ruddick (Dividend reinvestment on behalf of granddaughter’s Child Trust Fund and JISA).
b) Initial notification/Amendment Initial notification
3 Details of the issuer, emission allowance e market participant, auction platform, auctioneer or auction monitor
a) Name BlackRock Income Strategies Trust plc
b) LEI 2138003QINEGCHYGW702
4 Details of the transaction(s): section to be repeated for (i) each type of instrument;
(ii) each type of transaction; (iii) each date; and (iv) each place where transactions have been conducted
a) Description of the financial instrument, type of instrument

Identification code
Ordinary shares of 25p each (shares)

b) Nature of the transaction Dividend reinvestment (Child Trust Fund and JISA)
c) Price(s) and volume(s)
Price(s) Volume(s)
£1.1140 & £1.11485 93 & 10
d) Aggregated information

- Aggregated volume

- Price
  n/a (two transactions - see above)
e) Date of the transaction 2016-10-12
f) Place of the transaction London Stock Exchange (XLON)