The temporary £20 a week boost for Universal Credit claimants will be reviewed amid concern it could be axed, officials have confirmed.

Universal Credit claimants have been able to receive the payment in recent months in a Government move to help people cope during the coronavirus crisis.

But there has been clear uncertainty about whether the support would continue as it is due to end in March.

Now the DWP has confirmed it will be reviewing it, the Express reports.

That offers no guarantee about what will happen next - but at least hints that officials may extend it or introduce a replacement measure, given that previously it had been announced that it would simply end in March.

Within the statement, she addressed the £20 uplift for Universal Credit - as well as confirming how state pensions and other benefits would be increased.

She said: “The statutory annual review is separate from the temporary £20 per week uplift to Universal Credit and Working Tax Credit, which was announced by the Chancellor as a temporary measure in March 2020, and enacted for one year under different legislation to support those facing the most financial disruption as a result of the public health emergency.

“As the Government has done throughout this crisis, it will continue to assess how best to support low-income families, which is why we will look at the economic and health context in the new year.”

Charities, organisations and campaigners have been urging the Government to extend the uplift or make it permanent.

However, the Chancellor's spending review left people in the dark about what was happening.

Officials have also now revealed that state pensions will be increased by 2.5 per cent.

The full rate of the new state pension will now be £179.60 per week.

The Standard Minimum Guarantee in Pension Credit will also rise by the same amount as the basic state pension - 1.9 per cent.

Meanwhile, all other benefits will be increased in line with the CPI inflation measure - which was 0.5 per cent in the relevant reference period.

This includes working-age benefits, benefits to help with additional needs arising from disability, carers’ benefits, and pensioner premiums in income-related benefits, statutory payments, and additional state pension.

The new rates will take effect from April 2022.

Universal Credit payments themselves are tailored to the claimant’s specific circumstances

While all claimants will receive a standard allowance as a minimum, additional payments will be awarded for certain elements such as childcare costs and rent.

The standard allowances are based on the claimant’s age and relationship status, as follows:

The payments are usually placed once a month into a bank, building society or credit union account.

After initial claims, there can be a wait of five weeks for the first payment.

However, if claimants are struggling with their bills during this wait, they may be able to apply for an advance to receive income earlier.

Payment dates can also be altered by bank holidays.

With Christmas approaching next month, many claimants are set to be paid early in the coming weeks.