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July 2021

Your monthly Universal Credit payment may decrease soon if you are self-employed. This is a result of the reintroduction of the minimum income floor and the gainful self-employment tests.  

Universal Credit staff can start to apply the "minimum income floor" to any person it believes to be in gainful self-employment from August 2021.  

This change could cause a big reduction in income for certain people. You should speak to your work coach urgently if 

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Governments in Scotland and Wales have announced new help for private renters. Renters who have struggled with rent arrears as a result of COVID-19 can apply for grants to help with this debt. 

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The Department for Communities is developing a new private tenancies bill for Northern Ireland. The bill aims to improve standards and enhance conditions for tenants living in the private rented sector.  

Last week department officials briefed the Committee for Communities on the progression of this new bill.  

Changes to deposit rules, notice periods and rent increases 

The bill proposes a number of changes. Of most significance are:re 

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