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It is anticipated that a large proportion of existing self-employer Working Tax Credit claimants will be moving to Universal Credit as it continues to roll out. We commissioned this research to find out more about self-employed Working Tax Credit claimants and their work.
The research explored:
the characteristics of self-employed people claiming Working Tax Credit
why they became self-employed
their income, hours worked and business expectations
how self-employed people organised their work around other commitments
how those seeking to develop their business identified and secured support
This research will inform decisions around:
the optimal design of Universal Credit
the DWP offer to self-employed people claiming Universal Credit
Authors: Simon Pannell (DWP), Trinh Tu and Alex Bollen (Ipsos-Mori)