Universal Credit for the self-employed

The support offered by Universal Credit to help claimants start their own business and what will be expected of them in return.



This guide explains what Universal Credit means for claimants who own their own business or would like to do so.

It describes what will be expected of claimants who are self–employed and how their Universal Credit payments will be calculated. It also explains how Universal Credit supports new businesses, especially during their first 12 months, giving people time to help make their business a success.

There’s also information about how self-employed claimants will need to report their earnings.

Part of the Universal Credit toolkit for partner organisations.

Published 28 March 2013
Last updated 11 April 2016 + show all updates
  1. Updated to reflect changes to Universal Credit from April 2016.
  2. Revised PDF published (version August 2015), updated to provide more information about self-employment for Universal Credit claimants.
  3. Revised PDF published (version June 2015), updated version provides clearer information about self-employment.
  4. Revised version with new information about the roll-out of Universal Credit.
  5. Updated to include the latest information about the expansion of Universal Credit
  6. Detail updated to include more information about the contents of the document.
  7. First published.