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CAS Briefing for Westminster debate on Universal Credit uplift, 18 January 2021

MP Briefing in support of 18 January Opposition motion to keep the £20 a week UC uplift.

An unprecedented number of people have claimed UC for the first time since March, with the total number of UC recipients in Scotland doubling since January 2020 to 475,000 people. At the start of the pandemic, CAS welcomed the UK Government increasing UC payments by £20 a week – an annual increase of £1,040. CAS now recommends that the £20 increase to Universal Credit is made permanent in the Spring Budget.

David Scott
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January 2021
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