Research with self-employed Universal Credit claimants

This report summarises the characteristics of self-employed Universal Credit (UC) claimants during Autumn 2020-2021.

Research background

We commissioned this report, prior to the pandemic, to better understand the characteristics and circumstances of self-employed claimants, the nature of their self-employed work, and their barriers, support needs, and plans for the future.

The unforeseen impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic resulted in a significant rise in claimants, including amongst the self-employed. The conditionality for all Universal Credit claimants was halted over this period. As such, the findings have also looked to consider and compare claimants on the caseload before and those who started claiming during the pandemic.

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