The vulnerable need help, but across-the-board benefit rises are a waste of taxpayers’ money


In the Media

Julian Jessop quoted in the Daily Telegraph

In the Media

Julian Jessop appears on Politics.co.uk

Len Shackleton quoted on BBC News

The Chancellor is under pressure to extend the £20 uplift in Universal Credit (UC) payment beyond March this year at the Spring Budget next week. However, Professor Len Shackleton, Editorial and Research Fellow at the IEA, said the top-up did not distinguish between people in need after losing jobs due to lockdown and longer-term benefits claimants.

Shackleton argued that “The uplift was meant to protect people who faced serious short-run disruption to living standards as they unexpectedly became unemployed or had working hours sharply reduced. Those on long-term UC did not really face the same problem, but they got the extra anyway”.

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