PM Boris Johnson won't confirm £20 benefits boost will continue beyond March
PM Boris Johnson has defended the support offered by his government during the Covid-19 pandemic as he repeatedly refused to say whether the £20 a week Universal Credit increase would continue beyond the end of March when the review takes place.
Many Charities and local councils including South Ayrshire Council have expressed concern that cutting Universal Credit by £80 per month could leave already vulnerable families at high risk of falling into deeper poverty at a time when so many things remain uncertain across the UK.
FM Nicola Sturgeon has also expressed concern about the possibility of the cuts being made to Universal Credit and has called for the current £20 per week boost to be made permanent.
The prime minister said to Sky News:
"What we have said is we will put our arms around the whole of the country throughout the pandemic.
"We have already done £280bn worth of support and we will keep all measures under constant review."
He added: "It's the policy of the opposition to abolish Universal Credit altogether, which I don't think is a sensible way forward."