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45469090754_0b8d07fc5b_z.jpg?profile=RESIZE_710xGovernment confirms policy will end in April, but Labour says ‘nobody will be fooled’

The benefits freeze will end in April, the government has confirmed in what Labour said was a “cynically timed announcement”.

Universal Credit will rise by 1.7%, in line with inflation, and the state pension will increase by 3.9%, the Department for Work and Pensions said on Sunday.

It said the end to the freeze, which was introduced by the Tory former chancellor George Osborne, would cost £5bn a year.

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The Guardian

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