A third of claims since universal credit began made during pandemic

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Charities say new figures show £20-a-week Covid benefit top-up should be extended beyond March

The scale of the hardship caused by Covid-19 has been laid bare with new figures showing that more than a third of claims since universal credit was introduced have been made during the pandemic.
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The number of people claiming the payment has doubled since the start of the pandemic, according to data released by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP). Continue reading...

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