Potential move comes amid pressure from a series of Tory MPs to extend the £20-a-week uplift

The Treasury is considering a partial climbdown over plans to end the boost to universal credit amid pressure from the work and pensions secretary, Thérèse Coffey, and a slew of Tory MPs bruised by the school meals row.

Speaking on Monday, Boris Johnson himself hinted at a rethink over the £20-a-week uplift, which is due to end in April, saying the government wanted to ensure “people don’t suffer as a result of the economic consequences of the pandemic”.

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