The G15 calls on the Government to maintain the Universal Credit uplift

  • 19 January 2021

The G15 together with PlaceShapers, Homes for the South West and Build East is calling for the Government to maintain the uplift in Universal Credit, introduced last spring in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The £20 per week uplift was introduced by the Government in April 2020 and these top up payments are due to end in March.

A joint letter has been sent to Thérèse Coffey, Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, arguing that the payments have made a significant difference to people on the lowest incomes. Despite the vaccination rollout, the impact of the current lockdown is resulting in an increase in rent arrears alongside growing numbers of people seeking support with meeting essential needs, including food and heating.

We believe extending the Universal Credit uplift will give people across the country greater security, support local economies, and ensure people are in a stronger position to contribute to the post-pandemic recovery to come.

Read the full letter