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Continuing the suspension of the minimum income floor is the right "common-sense approach" says Citizens Advice

3 November 2020

Citizens Advice has responded to an announcement that the government has extended the suspension of the minimum income floor for self-employed workers until April next year.

Alistair Cromwell, Acting Chief Executive of Citizens Advice, said:

“We’re pleased the government has taken this common-sense approach and listened to concerns we’ve raised.

“Many self-employed workers have viable businesses but are grappling with ongoing restrictions to trading. With more uncertainty in the months ahead, it’s only right to continue this support and avoid long term damage to livelihoods and the economy.

“We’d now urge the government to build on this by reassuring claimants that they won’t see their Universal Credit or Working Tax Credit cut by £20 a week in the spring.”

Notes to editors

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