Universal Credit: Plea not to axe £20 a week ‘lifeline’

Millions of the UK's poorest households could see their incomes cut by £20 a week from April unless a "lifeline" payment continues, charities warn.

The Joseph Rowntree Foundation and others are calling on the chancellor to make a temporary rise in Universal Credit, plus other benefits, permanent.

Now some 50 children's charities, food bank providers, housing organisations, benefit and debt advisors, disability groups, and others say if this "lifeline" is cut it risks plunging struggling households into poverty.

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