How to simplify the complexity of surplus earnings

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Many self-employed people will receive a grant through the new Self-Employed Income Support Scheme (SEISS) this month. These payments can be up to £7,500 and will be counted as earnings under Universal Credit.

As a result, lots of self-employed households will be affected by the complex ‘surplus earnings’ rules for the first time. In short, these rules mean that for many households, the SEISS money will be taken into account as earnings not just for the month it was received, but for future months as well.

Welfare advisors need to understand the rules, and need a tool that can calculate eligibility all in one place, in order to advise people what their Universal Credit payments will be, and when they need to reclaim.

Hear from Sue McCarron from Citizens Advice Wirral who shared how frontline staff have supported customers facing fluctuating income using the Benefit and Budgeting Calculator.

Listen back to hear:

  • A simple guide to the SEISS, Universal Credit and surplus earnings rules
  • Worked examples to illustrate the challenge, and what to look out for
  • How our Benefit and Budgeting Calculator helps
The Benefit and Budgeting Calculator makes it much quicker to do calculations and the tooltips make it easy to use, meaning we only need to train people once. The simplicity of the calculator means that clients can often self serve with little support.
Sue McCarronAsk Us Wirral Service Manager, Citizens Advice Wirral
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How to calculate surplus earnings in under 5 minutes

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Designing a post pandemic council tax reduction scheme As a result of the income shocks brought on by the pandemic more people are now in need of council tax support, yet many who are eligible aren't claiming and debt is rising.

Evidence shows that people claiming Universal Credit for the first time are starting benefits with higher debt. This reflects both the time taken to navigate the benefit system and delay in application.

For councils, council tax support caseloads have gone up and, because more people are on Universal Credit which can fluctuate from month to month, administration costs have too.

More income shocks are on the way as furlough, the £20 uplift to Universal Credit and other Covid-related supports are withdrawn. Extra temporary funding is available this year but who should councils target this funding to, and how can they design a council tax support scheme that is flexible enough to deal with changing caseloads and funding?

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- Latest thinking about how Council Tax Reduction Schemes can more easily target those most in need
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