Self-employed: minimum income floor

For claimants or partners who have self-employed income, a minimum income floor is applied 1 year after they started self-employment. This is the lowest weekly amount we expect people will earn.

We expect:

  • lone parents to be working 20 hours a week, making their income-floor £186.41 per week after the first year
  • single people and couples to be working 35 hours a week. If both people in a couple are self-employed, we expect they would each be working 35 hours. After the first year, the income-floor will be £297.93 per week.

The minimum income floor is not applied to disabled working claims, instead the actual amount of self-employed income will be used when calculating the household income.