Ministers are reportedly holding "live discussions" on increasing the benefit by reducing the "taper rate" after months of controversy over Universal Credit cuts.
At present, for every £1 a claimant earns from work they lose 63p in Universal Credit.
According to The Mirror, proposals being discussed inside the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) would reduce the taper rate from 63p to 60p, which would amount to around £9 per week for someone on minimum wage.
However, this would not provide financial assistance for the millions of Universal Credit claimants that are unable to work who will still see the £20 removed.
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According to The Mirror, despite lobbying by the Treasury, ministers involved are not optimistic that the Chancellor Rishi Sunak, will authorise changes.
When asked if these discussions were ongoing, a spokesperson from DWP declined to comment.
The changes being discussed come a month before the Autumn Budget, and are estimated to cost around £1 billion a year.
It comes after months of explosive debate about cuts to Universal Credit, which has come under fierce criticism by the opposition
In response to the news ministers may be considering increasing the benefit, shadow work and pensions secretary Jonathan Reynolds warned of an impending "perfect storm."
"Rising food costs, tax hikes, the energy crisis and cuts to Universal Credit are a perfect storm facing working families," he said.
"It’s not too late for the Government to change course and cancel their cut.
“Labour is on the side of working people, that’s why we would maintain the uplift and reduce the taper rate to allow people to keep more of the money they earn when we replace Universal Credit.”
Opposition to the measures is not just coming from the opposition benches.
Among Conservative critics is former DWP secretary Sir Ian Duncan Smith, who presided over the roll out of Universal Credit and has argued the uplift should be made permanent.
Sunak has been bullish in his refusal to extend the Universal Credit £20 per week uplift over recent months, repeatedly describing it as a temporary measure to get through the pandemic.
And earlier this month the work and pensions secretary, Therese Coffey, said that she was "entirely happy" with the cut, and falsely claimed those losing the uplift could work an additional two hours per week to make up the loss.
The decision to cut Universal Credit, which comes into force on 6 October 2021, could push as many as 800,000 people into poverty.
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