Universal Credit: Coffey confirms Treasury ‘actively looking’ at extending past April

Universal Credit: Coffey confirms Treasury ‘actively looking’ at extending past April

01/25/2021

Universal Credit: Uplift being ‘actively considered’ says Coffey

The Conservative MP revealed discussions were ongoing between the Treasury and senior Government Ministers over a decision to extend the additional Universal Credit measures past April. It comes on the back of pressure on Boris Johnson to extend the £20-a-week uplift to Universal Credit as the Prime Minister was warned that millions of families will be £1,000 a year worse off if the Government scraps the increase. Work and Pensions Secretary Therese Coffey has revealed on BBC Breakfast that the Government is “actively” considering continuing the payment uptick.

Ms Coffey told BBC Breakfast on Monday: “In November I said to the House of Commons that we would review this in the New Year, that is exactly what we are doing.

“We are hand and glove with the Treasury working to make sure we provide the best support to people throughout this pandemic.

“I can assure you that we under active consideration of the options on how to best support people at this time

Asked if she was lobbying for the support to continue, Ms Coffey added: “I can assure you it is top of my priority list.”

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