Universal Credit: Sunak hints at extending £20 increase past 2021 as 700,000 face poverty

Rishi Sunak has said he will keep considerations of making the Universal Credit coronavirus boost permanent “under review”. The Chancellor was questioned on Sky News over the Government’s £20-a-week increase of the scheme payments, which is due to end in April 2021. According to the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, that could push 700,000 people, including 300,000 children, into poverty.

Mr Sunak said: “It runs all the way through to April so there’s no need to make a decision on it now.

“We keep everything under review and we’ll make the decisions that are right for the economy.

“One thing we know and have learnt is that this virus is adapting and evolving, and our ability to combat is is adapting and evolving.

“So there’s an enormous amount of uncertainty at the moment.”

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