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Universal Credit

Question for Department for Work and Pensions

UIN HL13360, tabled on 22 February 2021

To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to maintain the additional £20 per week to recipients of Universal Credit while the restrictions to address the COVID-19 pandemic remain in place; and, if they have no such plans, why not.

Answered on

24 February 2021

The £20 per week uplift to Universal Credit and Working Tax Credit was announced by the Chancellor as a temporary measure in March 2020 to support those facing the most financial disruption as a result of the public health emergency. This measure remains in place until March 2021. As the Government has done throughout this pandemic, it will continue to assess how best to support low-income families, which is why we will look at the economic and health context before making any decisions.