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'Heartless' Minister Rules Out Increasing Universal Credit To Tackle Cost Of Living Crisis

6 9 16

Universal Credit was temporarily increased by £20 during the pandemic.

A senior minister has been branded “heartless” after he ruled out increasing Universal Credit to help people cope with the cost of living crisis.

Chief secretary to the Treasury Simon Clarke said the temporary £20 uplift in the benefit, which was introduced during the pandemic, “is not going to return”.

However, the prime minister’s official spokesman later refused to support the minister and insisted “all options are on the table” for how to help the least well-off cope with soaring bills.

Former Tory leader Iain Duncan Smith is among those calling for a hike in Universal Credit, which tops up the wages of the low paid.


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