Keep £20 a week universal credit Covid top-up, MPs urge

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Failure to extend support for at least a year would increase poverty to 1980s level, cross-party group says

A cross-party group of MPs has urged ministers to retain the £20 a week universal credit Covid top-up for at least another 12 months, saying failure to extend the payment would help trigger a spike in poverty not seen since the Thatcher era.

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The Commons work and pensions committee also cautions ministers against making one-off payments of £500 or £1,000 instead of retaining the coronavirus boost, saying such a move would risk fraud and create financial problems for vulnerable claimants.

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