Chancellor Rishi Sunak yesterday presented a spending review in the House of Commons, where he flagged a number of government spending plans from April 2021 to 2022. Following his speech, Mr. Universal Credit Increase.
Responding to the Chancellor’s spending review, Helen Barnard, director of the Independent Joseph Rowntree Foundation, said: Credit as expected in April.
“There is no conceivable scenario in which this support will not be necessary, and inaction risks a sharp increase in poverty.
“The government also appears to have definitely decided not to help disabled people and caregivers on legacy benefits who now face another year of higher costs and an even greater struggle to find work without additional help.
“It’s not too late for the Chancellor to do the right thing.
“We urge the government in the strongest terms to correct their course and commit to making the £ 20 increase permanent and extending it to legacy benefits as soon as possible.”
Addressing the Chancellor’s housing plans, Barnard continued: “The decision to freeze housing assistance risks pushing families into poverty and removing the link to actual rents when calculating increases.
“To properly address the housing crisis, the Chancellor could have committed to increasing the supply of social housing, with particular emphasis on social rental housing over the next five years.”
Today Mr Sunak was asked to pledge to extend the increase, during an interview on Good Morning Britain.
He replied: “What we did at the start of this crisis was to put in place a lot of different supports to help people.
“It was one of the elements of this package of interventions.
“It obviously made a difference this year, but it lasts until next spring, like you said, which means we don’t need to make a decision about it now.
“And in fact, given the economic uncertainty, it wouldn’t be right to make a decision on this now.
“It’s better to see where we are when we get through the winter period. Let’s see where we are with the economy, our recovery, where we are with the restrictions, and then decide what is the best way to support people.
“But until next year what we have said is that we are going to maintain the £ 1 billion increase in the local housing allowance, which helps people pay their bills. A million people benefit from it.
“We have also set aside £ 670 million which will help 3.5 million households pay their municipal tax bills.”
Good Morning Britain airs weekdays on ITV from 6 a.m.