Uk news Universal Credit £20 a week covid uplift to be scrapped, Tory Minister signals PremierLeague-News.Com
PremierLeague-News.Com - Work and Pensions Secretary Therese Coffey used an interview to roll-out the news that she plans to cut the £20 a week benefit to working families.
PremierLeague-News.Com - Breaking Sport Transfer News ! The £20 uplift to Universal Credit is set to end before the winter, a Tory Cabinet minister has signalled. Chancellor Rishi Sunak has already extended the £20-per-week benefit boost to the end of September to cope with the effects of the covid lockdown. But Conservative Work and Pension Secretary Therese Coffey has indicated that the boost which has kept afloat many working people and those who have lost their jobs during the covid crisis. But the uplift was extended for six months during the 2021 Budget so will run until September. But asked by the evening Standard newspaper if the government would consider doing it again during a winter surge Coffey said she was not anticipating the Government would have to take measures “out of the ordinary” this winter. Therese Coffey, the Work and Pensions Secretary (Image: Press Association/PA) Read More Related Articles Home Office raid in Glasgow described as 'routine' by Boris Johnson's spokesman Read More Related Articles Portugal holidays back on for Scots from Monday after green light given to foreign breaks Coffey said: “By then we’re very confident we’ll have a large majority of the population vaccinated. She added: “We’re not anticipating, or I’m not anticipating, any further need to do stuff entirely out of the ordinary.” “We need to try and get people into work and fill the vacancies that we do have in this country.” The move comes despite Boris Johnson warning that there could still be another surge of Covid-19 during the winter period. There have been concerns of a third wave of coronavirus infections amid fears of the Indian variant of the disease which could lead to further lockdowns.
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The lifeline weekly increase, worth up to an extra £1,040 a year for struggling families and was extended in the March budget after pressure from poverty campaigners and political parties. David Linden, the SNP Work and Pensions spokesman called on Coffey needs to think again and abandon the proposal. He said: “It shouldn’t have taken a pandemic for ministers to realise that Social Security was inadequate in it’s current form."
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"But to remove £1000 from people’s household budget as we come out of the teeth of a pandemic with the economy still fragile strikes me as an incredibly reckless move.” As well as opposition from the SNP and Labour Coffey could suffer a backlash from the Tory Northern Group of MPs who captured Labour seats in the north of England in the 2019 election. ends
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