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Many UK households could face a “very difficult winter”, with fuel prices surging and the £20-a-week uplift in universal credit ending, Business Secretary Kwasi Kwarteng has warned.

But he told BBC Breakfast the energy price cap was staying in place, despite a global spike in prices.

The temporary universal credit rise, brought in earlier in the pandemic, is due to end in October.

Labour has called for it to remain in place to help hard-pressed households.

Universal credit is a benefit for working-age people which replaces six former payments, including income support, housing benefit and income-based

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