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Treasury written question – answered on 7th July 2020.

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Photo of Alex Cunningham Alex Cunningham Shadow Minister (Justice)

What fiscal steps he is taking to tackle poverty.

Photo of Steve Barclay Steve Barclay The Chief Secretary to the Treasury

We are committed to tackling poverty through a long-term, sustainable approach that focuses on employment, whilst ensuring everyone is supported by the welfare system in their time of need. Today we are rightly focused on how we can support families through Covid-19. We have announced a £6.5bn package of temporary welfare measures, including a £20 increase to the Universal Credit standard allowance, and an increase in Local Housing Allowance rates to the 30th percentile of market rents.

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