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The government’s cancelling of the temporary £20-a-week uplift in Universal Credit is “unconscionable”, according to the United Nations’ poverty envoy.

Olivier De Schutter, Special Rapporteur on the right to food, says axing funds from the benefits scheme – boosted in April 2020 to help people on low incomes during the coronavirus pandemic – is a breach of international human rights law.

He told the Guardian: “For these people, £20 a week makes a huge difference, and could be the difference between falling into extreme poverty or remaining just above that poverty line.