James Sunderland questions the Government on the Universal Credit calculations for the self-employed

James Sunderland urges the Government to extend the temporary relaxation of the application of the Minimum Income Floor to Universal Credit calculations for the self-employed.

James Sunderland (Bracknell) (Con)

Many of my constituents in Bracknell work in the creative arts sector. We heard earlier about the millions of families who benefited from universal credit during the pandemic, but will the Minister please assure me that the minimum income floor will be maintained for this important area of the economy for the foreseeable future?

Will Quince (Minister for Welfare Delivery)

I thank my hon. Friend for that question, and he is right to raise the issue, because I know that those who work in the creative arts are particularly exercised and concerned by it. The issue is covered by the Minister for Employment, my hon. Friend the Member for Mid Sussex (Mims Davies). The minimum income floor rules are suspended at the moment. I will put the Minister for Employment in touch with my hon. Friend and ensure that his concerns are raised, but he has rightly put them on record.