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Universal Credit: Coffey confirms Treasury 'looking' at extension

Universal Credit: Coffey confirms Treasury 'looking' at extension
UNIVERSAL Credit recipients could see their payments extended as Work and Pension Secretary Therese Coffey hinted at the support being extended past April.

The Conservative MP revealed discussions were ongoing between the Treasury and senior Government Ministers over a decision to extend the additional Universal Credit measures past April.It comes on the back of pressure on Boris Johnson to extend the £20-a-week uplift to Universal Credit as the Prime Minister was warned that millions of families will be £1,000 a year worse off if the Government scraps the increase.' Universal Credit latest: Therese Coffey hints at May extension Sign up for FREE now and never miss the top Royal stories again.Ms Coffey's remarks come as the Chancellor Rishi Sunak is understood to be drawing up new measures for his Budget in March to replace the current £20-a-week extra in Universal Credit.

READ MORE: Universal Credit: Can you claim both Universal Credit and SSP?Universal Credit latest: Rishi Sunak is facing pressure to keep the uplift A Whitehall source said the move was unlikely while pointing towards recent statements from ministers that the Government was committed to supporting needy households through the pandemic.

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