Parliament has announced that the Chancellor must maintain for another year the £20 per week increase in Universal Credit (UC) and Working Tax Credit introduced to help families during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The Chair of the Work and Pensions Committee (WPC), Stephen Timms said 'Removing the extra payment in March would represent a failure by Government – failure to recognise the reality of people struggling'. The WPC's report reveals that since March 2020, the number of people claiming UC has increased to around six million. The report warns that removing the payments 'would plunge hundreds of thousands of households into poverty'. In addition, the report also calls on the government to stop any plans for one-off payments to replace the weekly rise due to the risk of fraud and risks to vulnerable people.