Low Incomes: Coronavirus

Treasury written question – answered on 25th March 2020.

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Photo of Ruth Jones Ruth Jones Labour, Newport West

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps his Department plans to take to support people on low incomes in (a) Newport West, (b) Wales and (c) the United Kingdom during the covid-19 outbreak.

Photo of Jesse Norman Jesse Norman The Financial Secretary to the Treasury

The Government is continuously analysing the COVID-19 outbreak and its policies in order to support people better. The Government will make sure it protects, as far as possible, people’s jobs and incomes across the United Kingdom.

At Budget, the Government widened the scope of Statutory Sick Pay and made accessing benefits easier for those affected by COVID-19. As a result of the COVID-19 Budget measures, the UK Government has already provided the Welsh Government with £1.6 billion.

Last week the Government introduced further measures to support those on low incomes, including a £20 per week increase to the Universal Credit standard allowance and Working Tax Credit basic element, a relaxation of earnings rules for self-employed Universal Credit claimants, and an increase in the Local Housing Allowance rates for Universal Credit and Housing Benefit claimants to the 30th percentile of market rents.

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