'Could put that back in!' Clarke squrims over Universal Credit uplift return in heated row


The Treasury Minister was embroiled in a heated exchange with Susanna Reid and Richard Madeley over the Government’s strategy to address rising costs across the UK. Inflation rose to 9 percent in April, leaving Britons struggling with bills and an increase in National Insurance contributions. Ms Reid questioned whether the Treasury is now considering bringing back the Universal Credit uplift as part of the additional help Boris Johnson pledged to bring in to help.

The uplift, which was originally introduced during the coronavirus pandemic, was removed last October.

Ms Reid suggested the Treasury “could put that back in” to allow Universal Credit applicants to receive an additional £20 a week.



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