Universal Credit

Universal Credit is being introduced in stages

Universal Credit is being introduced in stages across the country and the guidance has once again been updated. 

The guidance aimed at employers focuses on the importance of real-time information (RTI). 

The guidance aimed at the self-employed contains information for start-ups and details regarding the ‘minimum income floor’. 

The start-up guidance highlights that ‘to help your new business grow, Universal Credit provides a 12 month start up period.’ 

It goes on to state that:

  • it applies if the business is less than 12 months old
  • recipients will not have to look for other paid work
  • one start-up period is allowed every five years, providing all the other eligibility criteria are met.

To access the guidance, visit the 'Related links' section on this page.