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£20 Universal Credit uplift set to end before the winter, Cabinet minister signals


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he £20 uplift to Universal Credit is set to end before the winter, a Cabinet minister signalled today.

But asked if the government would consider doing it again during a winter surge, Work and Pension Secretary Therese Coffey told the Standard: “We need to try to get people into work.”

Ms Coffey said she was not anticipating the Government would have to take measures “out of the ordinary” this winter.

It comes after Boris Johnson warned there could still be another surge of Covid-19 during the winter period.

In an interview with this paper, Ms Coffey said: “By then we’re very confident we’ll have a large majority of the population vaccinated.

“The reasons why we’ve had lockdowns or restrictions in the past is because we needed to reduce the pressure on the NHS to reduce the transmission of Coronavirus.

“By the time of the next winter…I think it will be much better equipped as individuals to be managing that and the pressure on the NHS and hospitalisation should not be an issue in my view, by then or my understanding.”

She added: “We’re not anticipating, or I’m not anticipating, any further need to do stuff entirely out of the ordinary.

“We need to try and get people into work and fill the vacancies that we do have in this country.”

The amount lost was up from £4.6bn on the previous year, according to the Department for Work and Pensions [DWP]. Officials say the rise is almost entirely due to fraud.

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