Cutting Covid top-up 'will put 700,000 people into poverty'

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Ministers to decide in March whether to keep the £20 a week extra for universal credit

Government failure to maintain the £20 a week Covid top-up payment for universal credit will overwhelmingly hit the incomes of working and disabled people, and put more than 700,000 into poverty, according to a study by the Fabian Society.

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Ministers have signalled that they will decide in early March whether to keep or scrap the temporary 12-month Covid payment – giving claimants just a month to plan for what could be a £1,050 a year cut in benefits.

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