Closed petition Extend the suspension of the Universal Credit Minimum Income Floor

The Covid-19 pandemic has led to thousands of self-employed workers seeing a massive reduction in trade. For many, Universal Credit has been the only way to survive, and the suspension of the Minimum Income Floor (MIF) has meant that their actual income has been used to calculate their payments.

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There are many self-employed who are still unable to fully return to work and are facing a benefits cliff-edge on the 13th November when the MIF is reinstated. The reinstatement will lead to many losing their Universal Credit payments entirely and therefore may be unable to afford the basic human needs of rent, food, heat, and bills over the winter months and beyond.

We ask that the MIF suspension is extended for 6 months in line with the new Winter Economic Plan.

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MPs to debate Work and Pensions Committee Report on the DWP’s response to the coronavirus outbreak

MPs will debate the Work and Pensions Committee Report on the DWP’s response to the coronavirus outbreak this Thursday 26 November in the main House of Commons Chamber. The subject of the debate has been determined by the Backbench Business Committee.

This will be a debate on a motion proposed by Stephen Timms MP, Chair of the Committee, on which Members may vote at the end of the debate. It calls for the Government to take note of the report, and to increase relevant legacy benefits in line with increases to universal credit, to take steps to return people who have been inadvertently left worse off under universal credit compared with their previous benefits, and to suspend the no recourse to public funds visa condition for the duration of the coronavirus outbreak.

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Budget 2021 - Universal Credit uplift extended

On Wednesday 3 March, the Chancellor Rishi Sunak MP presented the 2021 Budget, setting out the Government's plans for tax and spending over the next year.

The Budget included changes to Universal Credit, including an extension of the temporary £20 per week increase to the Universal Credit standard allowance for a further six months.

The suspension of the Minimum Income Floor for self-employed Universal Credit claimants will also continue until the end of July 2021. The Government also announced a one-off payment of £500 to eligible Working Tax Credit claimants across the UK.

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The Chancellor of the Exchequer is the Government Minister in charge of the Government's tax and spending decisions. They are appointed by the Prime Minister and are one of the most senior Government Ministers.

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