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The Universal Credit (Surpluses and Self-employed Losses) (Digital Service) Amendment Regulations 2015 (S.I. 2015 No.345): SSAC report

This report is about 'surplus earnings' and 'self-employed losses' in Universal Credit. It includes a government statement.

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The Universal Credit (Surpluses and Self-employed Losses) (Digital Service) Amendment Regulations 2015 (S.I. 2015 No.345): SSAC report

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This is a report by the Social Security Advisory Committee (SSAC) under Section 174(1) of the Social Security Administration Act 1992. It includes a statement by the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions in accordance with Section 174 (2) of the Social Security Administration Act 1992.

In response to the recommendations made by the committee, the Secretary of State has confirmed that he will:

  • increase the level of de minimis earnings from £100 a month to £300 a month (the amount a claimant has to be over their threshold before DWP considers surplus earnings)

  • continue to seek the expert input of the Self-employed Stakeholder Advisory Group, which was set up following the recommendation made by the committee in its September 2014 report Social security and the self-employed

  • introduce an exemption from the surplus earnings policy for victims of domestic abuse

SSAC ran a consultation on these regulations from 17 October 2014 to 7 November 2014.