Having said that they would do whatever it takes for our economy, the Government has supported businesses, workers, and families throughout this crisis with unprecedented levels of funding. This includes £220 million fund to support disadvantaged children and £170 million for councils to support children and families for essential items as well as millions of digital devices to ensure children at home can continue with their education.
This is in addition to the continuation of free school meals scheme whilst children are at home, and furlough schemes/SEISS payments, which are keeping as many parents in work as possible.
The uplift to Universal Credit was put in place to give more support to people during the course of the pandemic, and it’s right that it should continue whilst people rely on this extra funding to get them through this crisis.
Any permanent changes must be fully costed within the framework of the Budget. The time to do this is in Budget debates. Opposition day debates are just that – a debate. They do not change or help to change policy.