Marcus Rashford to fight for permanent rise in universal credit

EXCLUSIVE: Footballer and food poverty campaigner to discuss keeping £20-a-week uplift with work and pensions secretary

The footballer and food poverty campaigner Marcus Rashford is to turn his focus to the social security safety net and will hold talks with the welfare secretary to discuss a £6bn-a-year boost to universal credit payments, the Guardian has learned.

The meeting with Thérèse Coffey, the work and pensions secretary, due to take place in a formal phone call in the next fortnight, is to discuss the possibility of making the £20-a-week uplift in universal credit permanent from April.

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