Self employed income

If you are self employed we will work out your net profit and use this in the assessment of your claim.

We can work this out if your accounts have been prepared by an accountant. If you do not have accounts that we can use, you will need to complete a self employed form.

The Council will examine your accounts (or self-employed form) in detail to make sure the figures stated are consistent with the type of business you run and the range of earnings that type of business can reasonably be expected to achieve. In some cases, the Council will ask to see invoice and expense receipts so you will need to keep these grouped into categories.

If you are newly self employed or you have just started a new business your claim will be assessed as follows:

  • You will be asked to provide an estimate of your earnings based on 26 weeks trading by completing a self employed form detailing your estimate
  • At the end of the 26 week period you will be asked to complete another self employed form detailing your actual business over this time.

It is your responsibility to notify the Council of any changes to your normal pattern of self-employed work when they occur. This may include changes such as the number of hours you carry out self-employed work or if there are significant changes to your self-employed earnings which go beyond seasonal fluctuation.

If you do not notify the Council of a relevant change when you become aware of it you may be liable to repay any overpayments which arise as a result. You may also lose out on benefit you are entitled to if your income decreases. Please contact us if you are unsure about whether or not you need to tell us about a change.

Please note you may also be asked to submit accounts or a self employed form if your claim is reviewed.

If you are unsure on how to complete a benefit self employed form, please read the following self employed guidance for assistance.

If you are still unsure about how to complete the form after reading the guidance, please call our benefit office on 01273 292000.