THE Universal Credit payments increase of £20 a week will continue for a further 6 months. Chancellor Rishi Sunak confirmed it in the Budget announcement this afternoon. Alongside this, the government will make a one-off payment of £500 to eligible Working Tax Credit recipients across the UK. The Chancellor Rishi Sunak first announced the benefit uplift, which is worth £1,040 a year, to help Britain’s poorest families through the coronavirus crisis. The increase in payments will apply to all new and existing Universal Credit claimants. Universal Credit claimants in Scotland and Wales will also benefit from the government's extension of the £20 per week increase. There were initially concerns that payments would be slashed for everyone on Universal Credit from April. MPs called on the Prime Minister to make sure the uplift remained or risk hundreds of thousands of Brits falling into poverty. Campaign groups, such as Citizens Advice, Turn2Us and Stepchange, warned that removing the uplift would push thousands of families further into debt. Here’s what you need to know about the benefits boost, from who gets it to how to claim it. Who gets the extra £20 a week Universal Credit boost? Everyone who claims Universal Credit gets… Read full this story
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