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The self-employed, like other employees, will benefit from improved incentives in universal credit to increase their working hours and earnings. At the same time, once established in work, we would expect them to see a reasonable income from their activity and become less reliant on benefits.
The impact of a minimum floor of assumed income in universal credit will depend on the manner and circumstances in which it is applied. We are still exploring these issues and are therefore unable to provide an assessment of its likely effects at this stage.