UNIVERSAL CREDIT: 19th October 2020
Along with colleagues, I have been pressing the UK Government to make the temporary £20 weekly uplift to Universal Credit permanent. Today I tried a different tack, following an interesting point made by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation. I asked at DWP questions, that the UK Government consider the fact that these funds being spent are in themselves a positive benefit to the economy. I pointed out to the Minister that if his Government would not do the right thing for any other reason, he could look at the economic merit of making the uplift permanent. He didn't really commit, but my colleagues and I are not going to stop pointing out the vital importance of this issue being dealt with, in particular as we face a difficult winter for many with unemployment and reduced hours or salaries.