The Social Security (Coronavirus) (Further Measures) Regulations 2020 took effect from 30th March 2020 and replaced the previous Minimum Income Floor measures announced.
They give the DWP the discretion to:
- Treat a claimant's Minimum Income Floor level as if it was a lower level - including zero
- Delay making a decision on whether a claimant is in gainful self-employment
- Treat a claimant who is in gainful self-employment as not being
- Extend a claimant's start-up period for as long as they consider appropriate, or
- Exempt a claimant from any work search requirement or a work availability requirement who would normally fall in the 'all work-related requirements' conditionality group
This measure will be in place until the end of April 2021. (Originally, the intention was that it would be in place until 12th November 2020).
Therese Coffey, Secretary of State for Work and Pensions announced on 3 November 2020,
After careful consideration of the ongoing public health situation and the national working environment, the current easement of the suspension of the Minimum Income Floor in Universal Credit that was due to expire on 12th November 2020 will be extended to the end of April 2021.
Regulations will be laid and made prior to 12th November 2020.
This means that regardless of how long a self-employed person has been trading, their UC award can be based on their actual takings during this period (if they have any).