Universal Credit

Many constituents are currently contacting me about the £20 per week uplift to Universal Credit and Working Tax Credits. I can confirm that the Chancellor is very much aware of your concerns.

As many constituents will be aware, back in March 2020, a range of temporary measures were introduced for those most likely to be facing the greatest financial disruption as a result of Covid-19. Alongside the temporary increase to Universal Credit and Tax Credits, the Government invested over £352bn with the aim to create, support and protect jobs and businesses – as well as introduced measures such as mortgage holidays and additional support for renters, and has worked with energy suppliers to protect those struggling with energy bills.

On top of the planned uprating, the Government extended the temporary £20 per week increase to the Universal Credit standard allowance until the end of September 2021, meaning that the additional support has remained in place well beyond the end of economic restrictions.

In the 10 years prior to the pandemic employment was at record high levels. Now as we open up, and our economic recovery gathers pace, the Government’s focus is on getting people back into work and improving their prospects. To support this the Government has announced a multi-billion-pound Plan for Jobs.

This has already provided work for those affected by the pandemic, including, for example, through the £2 billion Kickstart scheme, which has already seen over 263,000 approved roles created from a range of different sectors for 16- to 24-year-olds on Universal Credit. Furthermore, the £2.9 billion Restart scheme will be specifically aimed at providing intensive help to over a million jobseekers who have been out of work for over 12 months.

Fiona Bruce MP