Johnson told not to cut benefit

The COVID Diaries – 269

Prime Minister Boris Johnson is at the centre of a major row concerning the potential removal of financial support for millions of families in the middle of the Covid-19 pandemic.

A £20-per-week increase in benefits is due to expire at the end of March. The £6 billion measure was intended to alleviate financial pressures on low-paid families. The House of Commons voted 278-0 in favour of a non-binding Labour motion urging the government to continue with the extra payments.