Budget 2021: Rishi Sunak quizzed on universal credit on GMB
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Susanna Reid clashed with Rishi Sunak on Good Morning Britain as the Chancellor of the Exchequer was quizzed on Budget 2021 and the various financial support packages available to those affected by the coronavirus pandemic. However, Sunak furiously shut down the ITV presenter when she spoke over him as he attempted to answer her questions.
Reid began: “So you’re hopeful that restrictions will end on June 21 but furlough continues until the end of September.
“However, you have only extended the £20 a week Universal Credit uplift for another few months.
“There is a danger isn’t it that just as the point that businesses decide that they aren’t going to have furlough anymore and they can’t support their workers anymore and people start to lose their jobs that they will no longer be entitled to that Universal Credit support either?
“There is going to be a pinch point, isn’t there? In the autumn for people financially.”
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“Well actually if you look at all the things we’re doing it will all happen at different times throughout the year,” Sunak replied.
“The Universal Credit uplift has been extended in full for six months, that’s well beyond the end of this national lockdown.
“Remember it was put in place temporarily last year when we entered the national lockdown. Obviously we’ve had restrictions for longer than we would have liked.
“But the national lockdown will end and the Universal Credit uplift will continue well beyond that through to September as well.
“But it’s important as well to remember that’s just one of the things we’re doing to help those who are in low income households.”
Interrupting, Reid asked: “Why couldn’t you extend…if you acknowledge…”
Hitting back, the Chancellor remarked: “If I could just finish because this is important!”
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