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Budget news – live: Universal Credit uplift ‘must be extended further’ as loyalists walk away from Good Friday

Experts discuss Rishi Sunak’s budget

As part of his Budget, Rishi Sunak told the Commons on Wednesday that the £20 a week Universal Credit uplift will end in September. This equates to a 7 per cent drop in income for the UK’s poorest households.

Torsten Bell, chief executive of the Resolution Foundation think tank, said Mr Sunak had gone big on the economy’s immediate recovery and tax rises in the future. However, he questioned whether “enough has been done to support households”.

Elsewhere, loyalist paramilitary groups in Northern Ireland have written to Boris Johnson to withdraw their support from the Good Friday Agreement.

They said they did so temporarily because of concerns about the Northern Ireland protocol governing post-Brexit trade.

The organisations added that opposition to it should be “peaceful and democratic”.

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Half a million people could be pulled into poverty by end of Universal Credit uplift, charity warns

Up to half a million people could fall into poverty when a £20 a week uplift to Universal Credit is removed, the Joseph Rowntree Foundation (JRF) has warned.

This comes after the chancellor Rishi Sunak said the additional income, which was introduced during the pandemic, will stop in September.

The JRF described the move – announced in yesterday’s Budget – as “unacceptable”.

Rory Sullivan4 March 2021 08:00

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Rory Sullivan4 March 2021 07:54