APPG launches call for evidence into the impact on poverty of maintaining the £20 uplift in universal credit

Posted on 14 Dec 2020 under News, Latest in Parliament, Latest News

This year the Chancellor made the decision to uprate universal credit by £20 a week and boosted the incomes of millions of families. There is evidence from the likes of the Social Metrics Commission to suggest that this welcome uplift has kept hundreds of thousands of people out of poverty during the Covid-19 pandemic. However, if the uplift comes to an end in April 2021, 700,000 more people are projected to fall into poverty, including 300,000 children.

The All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Poverty is calling for submissions on the impact of ending this temporary Covid-19 £20 uplift in universal credit and tax credits in April 2021 as well as the impact of not extending the uplift to legacy and other benefits during the Covid-19 pandemic.

The APPG is asking organisations for short written submissions of the key points the APPG should consider to inform its representations to Government. It is particularly interested to hear from organisations which represent disabled people and carers, and other groups that have not benefited from the uplift.

A selection of those submitting evidence will be invited to give evidence at a meeting of the APPG on Thursday 14 January 2021 at 2pm, which will be taking place on Zoom. Please indicate in your submission whether you would be available and willing to give evidence at the meeting.

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Please submit evidence to by the deadline Sunday 10 January, 2021.

Thank you.

Kevin Hollinrake MP and Neil Gray MP (Co-Chairs)


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