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Don’t slash Covid benefit uplift, former Tory minister urges

Architect of universal credit says government must rethink plans to end £20 a week payment increase * Coronavirus – latest updates * See all our coronavirus coverage The former minister who oversaw the introduction of universal credit has called on the government to maintain key benefit increases introduced during the pandemic, lamenting that it had taken a global health crisis for the welfare system to be provided with adequate funding. In a rare interview, David Freud, regarded as the architect of the controversial benefit, told the Observer he battled against “massive cuts” demanded by the Treasury and had considered resigning. Continue reading...

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