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The Covid-19 pandemic has laid bare the shortcomings with the UK social security system. While the Westminster Government’s efforts to temporarily support the social security system – most notably through a £20 weekly uplift to Universal Credit – were welcome and much needed, ultimately they have been insufficient to make our benefits system fit for purpose. Ahead of the Budget on 3rd March 2021, our research collaboration is joining a growing number of academics, campaigners, charities, and activists to make the case that the Government must keep, and extend, the £20 uplift in order to address the severe hardship and inequalities faced by those living on a low income. We also provide evidence that greater financial support is required to ensure families on a low income are able to meet their needs.

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