At Work and Pensions Questions today I asked Minister Will Quince for a straight answer on whether legacy benefits (Child Tax Credits, Housing Benefit, income-related ESA, income-based JSA, Income Support) will ever be uplifted in line with Universal Credit and Working Tax Credit. His response? That everyone should move over to Universal Credit (and we all know how well that works!). The Shadow Work and Pensions team will keep pushing on this.
You can watch my exchange with the Minister in full below, but this is the text of my question:
“The £20 a week uplift to Universal Credit has been a lifeline for many during the pandemic. Yet this vital extra support continues to be denied to legacy benefits claimants, many of whom are disabled.
“I raised this with Ministers in the chamber on the 11thMay, again on the 29th June and yet again on the 14th September – each time getting a non-answer.
“To date, the uplift could have given legacy benefits claimants £600 of extra support.
“Minister, could we please have a straight answer today – will anything be done to rectify this?”