Universal Credit: DWP updates claiming rules for freelancers – everything you need to know

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To prove all this, certain evidence will need to be provided such as tax returns, customer and supplier lists and marketing materials.

If a person is classed as gainfully self-employed, they will not have to look for other work while claiming Universal Credit and can concentrate on growing their business.

For those who are not considered gainfully self-employed, they may have to look for other work while claiming Universal Credit.

Those who are gainfully self-employed may be eligible for a “start up period”.



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