Boris Johnson refuses to extend £20 Universal Credit uplift – poorest to lose £1,000 boost

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Speaking in the House of Commons during this week’s Prime Minister’s Questions, Labour MP for Newcastle upon Tyne Central Chi Onwurah stressed the importance of the Universal Credit uplift to low income households. “Child poverty is evil; I know – I grew up with it,” she began.

“The North East Child Poverty Commission reports that our region suffered the country’s biggest increase in child poverty between 2015 and 2019 when half of children in Newcastle City Central were growing up poor – and that’s before covid.

“And yet 15,000 of the poorest households in my constituency stand to lose £1,000 a year because of planned cuts to Universal Credit in April.

“So, instead of damaging last-minute U-turns, will the Prime Minister now commit to maintaining Universal Credit at at least the current rate?”

Responding via video link, Boris Johnson – who is currently self-isolating following contact from NHS Test and Trace – declined to take the opportunity to announce an extension to the uplift.

He said: “Mr Speaker, she’s right in what she says about the impact of child poverty, and that’s why this government has worked so hard to combat child poverty.

“That’s why we did indeed update Universal Credit, as it was right for the exceptional circumstances that we’re in, by £1,000 per household.

“We will continue to support people throughout this country.

“But the most important thing we can do is to ensure that we get people into work and to support families to get the jobs that they need.

“And it’s the record of this country in creating jobs – new jobs in particular – that has meant actually 400,000 children have been lifted out of poverty in the last 10 years.

“And that is progress. It’s not enough but it’s progress.”

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