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PremierLeague-News.Com - Universal Credit was raised by £1,040 for the 2020/21 financial year to help with the impact of coronavirus.
PremierLeague-News.Com - Breaking Sport Transfer News ! The poorest families have been worst affected by the coronavirus pandemic's economic fall out and are likely to find it harder to recover as society rebuilds, a new report warns. People already trapped in poverty when Covid-19 hit were the most financially vulnerable and they tend to work in the sectors which have been hit hardest, the Joseph Rowntree Foundation (JRF) said. In 2018/19, 14.5 million people were in poverty in the UK - more than one in five of the population. The report sets out how, before the pandemic, the standard of living was falling fastest for people on the lowest incomes, while child poverty and in-work poverty had been steadily rising. And now Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, has dropped the strongest hint yet that he may cut millions of families' Universal Credit by £20 a week in April, reports Mirror Online. Labour leader, Keir Starmer and charity campaigners have urged the Prime Minister not to remove almost a fifth of 5.7million people's basic allowance in April (Image: House of Commons/PA Wire) Read More Related Articles How to cancel Universal Credit if your circumstances change during lockdown Read More Related Articles Get the latest Scottish news sent straight to your inbox with our newsletters Labour leader, Keir Starmer and charity campaigners have urged the Prime Minister not to remove almost a fifth of 5.7million people's basic allowance, but on Wednesday, he said he would "rather see a focus on jobs and a growth in wages than focusing on welfare". He added “the best thing is to get people into employment" - despite the fact 39 per cent of the 5.7million people on Universal Credit in October already had a job. Universal Credit was raised by £1,040 for the 2020/21 financial year to help with the impact of coronavirus. But currently the UK Government plans to cut the basic monthly allowance from £409.89 to £324.
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. Any decision to keep the higher rate may only come in the Budget on March 3 - and would add £6billion a year to public spending.
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Additional benefits for people on PIP At the Commons Liaison Committee, Labour MP Stephen Timms urged the Prime Minister to keep the rise. Mr Timms said thanks to the rise many claimants were finally able to shop at supermarkets again, rather than food banks. The MP said: "Isn't it unfair leaving it until March before they find out whether that cut is going ahead?" Mr Johnson stressed any final rate was still under review - but refused calls to end the agony for families now. He said: "I take your point. I think what we want to see is jobs. We want to see people in employment, we want to see the economy bouncing back. “I think most people in this country would rather see a focus on jobs and a growth in wages than focusing on welfare. "But clearly we have to keep all these things under review.”
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Scots warned of fake Covid vaccine texts Mr Johnson also rejected calls to raise 'legacy' benefits for disabled people - which will rise 35p a week in April - to the Universal Credit rate. He said: “We want everybody to move onto Universal Credit, it’s a successful system.” He appeared unaware that people with severe disabilities are not able to move onto Universal Credit yet. Labour leader, Keir Starmer and a Tory former welfare chief have also urged the Prime Minister to extend the payment increase.
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