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Employment and Support Allowance: Self-employed

Department for Work and Pensions written question – answered on 16th March 2020.

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Photo of Christian Wakeford Christian Wakeford Conservative, Bury South

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what guidance her Department has issued to (a) sole traders, (b) freelancers and (c) small business holders on changes to employment support allowance; and if she will make a statement.

Photo of Christian Wakeford Christian Wakeford Conservative, Bury South

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment she has made of the effect on (a) sole traders, (b) freelancers and (c) small business holders of the recent changes to employment support allowance.

Photo of Justin Tomlinson Justin Tomlinson The Minister of State, Department for Work and Pensions

There are no recent changes to Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) that affect sole traders, freelancers and small business holders.

A self-employed person can make a new claim for New Style ESA. In order to qualify they will need to satisfy the basic entitlement and National Insurance contribution conditions.

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