Covid-19: Economic Package Debate

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Department: Cabinet Office
Wednesday 13th May 2020

(4 years, 1 month ago)

Lords Chamber
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Lord Agnew of Oulton Portrait Lord Agnew of Oulton
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In response to my noble friend, unfortunately I cannot give any more information at the moment, but businesses will be made aware within the next 10 days to two weeks.

Lord Desai Portrait Lord Desai (Lab)
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Will the Minister bear in mind that, given the prospect of higher unemployment for a long time, universal credit and other arrangements will have to be enhanced for a considerable period? Have the Government budgeted for an increase in unemployment benefit and universal credit?

Lord Agnew of Oulton Portrait Lord Agnew of Oulton
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My Lords, we have improved the terms of universal credit since this crisis began by increasing payments by £20 a week. We have seen 1.6 million claims since the beginning of the crisis, and all new and existing claimants will benefit from the increased generosity of these payments.