Universal Credit is hitting the self-employed hardest of all as its chaotic rollout continues - IPSE

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10th October 2018

Left unchecked, the current Universal Credit system will lead to more hardship among the self-employed and force people to abandon their businesses, says IPSE.

Universal Credit is hitting the self-employed hardest of all as its chaotic rollout continues.

By not taking into account the variable income self-employed farmers, photographers and plumbers, Universal Credit unfairly punishes those who choose to work independently. The self-employed can in fact end up £3000 worse off each year under UC compared with an employee earning the same amount.

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IPSE will continue to urge the government to change course and reform the system so it supports rather than penalises the self-employed. Left unchecked, the current Universal Credit system will lead to more hardship among the self-employed and force people to abandon their businesses.