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Disabled people going without food and heating as ministers deny them Covid uplift

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Disabled people are being forced to go without food, heating and medication during the pandemic as ministers refuse to increase their benefits in line with other welfare support claimants, charities warn.

The chancellor, Rishi Sunak, announced in March that universal credit claimants would receive a weekly £20 uplift in their benefit payment to support them through the public health crisis. 

However, about 1.9 million people on disability and sickness benefits – and a further 300,000 on the old benefits who have not yet moved over to universal credit – were not awarded the same increase.

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