Ministers consider climbdown over ending universal credit boost
The welfare minister, Will Quince, said a decision would be made closer to the 3 March budget because of the uncertain economic outlook. But the Institute for Fiscal Studies thinktank said the government must make the decision much sooner.
“They ought to resolve the uncertainty one way or another as soon as possible,” the IFS said, noting that £20 a week represents 13% of an average recipient’s UC entitlement, or as high as 21% for some. “A family currently deciding where they can afford to rent, for example, surely ought to know what their benefit entitlement will be in three months’ time,” its latest report said.
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