How can I get £1,000 one-off Universal Credit payment?

RISHI Sunak has reportedly offered to give six million people a one-off £1,000 payment.

This is part of plans to fight off a rebellion over Universal Credit.

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How can I get the £1,000 one-off Universal Credit payment? 

The details of how it could be received are unclear at this stage. 

But it replaces the extra £20 a week for those experiencing hardship because of the Covid-19 pandemic. 

The payment will be made up-front.

What has Rishi Sunak said about the payments? 

The Chancellor has not commented on the payments. 

But the Telegraph reports a Government source saying Sunak and his team saw the one-off payment as a way of boosting the economy. 

The source said: "One of the motivations of the Treasury is they think people will go out and spend it and help stimulate the economy."

Will the payment be an alternative to the current £20 a week increase? 

Yes. The £1,000 lump sum is to compensate for the end of the temporary £20-a-week increase in the benefit.

The move would be a concession to Tory MPs representing northern seats won from Labour in the 2019 election.

They have expressed concern that removing the payment, due to expire in April, will hurt their constituents. 

More than half of the 5.7 million people receiving universal credit have signed on for it since the start of the pandemic.

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