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Universal Credit changes for self-employed new claimants

From 23rd September the minimum income floor will apply after a 12 month grace period to all ‘gainfully self-employed’ who make a new claim for Universal Credit.  This means that the DWP will work out your entitlement to Universal Credit based upon how much you would earn in a minimum wage job working the hours you do in self-employment.

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This measure has already been in place since July 2019 for those who have been ‘managed migrated’ to Universal Credit beforehand.

More information can be found on the Government website.

If you would like more information about this change please get in touch with our friendly Tenancy Sustainment Team on 01452 833217 or email the team at and they will be happy to help.