The Job Support Scheme will see the government top up the pay of people who can only work part-time in "viable jobs".
Latest figures show 6,634 new coronavirus cases across the UK, taking the total to 416,363.
Class A drugs, £526,000 in cash and 200 weapons are seized in raids across England and Wales.
Backbenchers raise concerns that measures are being brought in without Parliament having a say.
Indecision over civil servants coming into the office has wasted time and goodwill, a union says.