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The chancellor has reiterated the £20 uplift to universal credit will be scrapped as it “was always intended to be a temporary measure”.

Campaigners say the payments, worth around £1,000 a year, have stopped some from falling into poverty.

Labour’s leader Sir Keir Starmer said taking the payments away was “simply wrong in principle”.

The decision has also been criticised by prominent Conservatives.

Universal credit is claimed by more than 5.5 million households in the UK.

It was introduced to replace six benefits and merge them into one benefit payment for working-age people.