FAMILIES face extra hardship with the scrapping of the weekly £20 top-up on Universal Credit.

The money is being stopped from the end of September after being introduced by the Government at the start of the first lockdown.

It was a temporary measure to help those hardest hit during the pandemic. But charities say its sudden removal will mean the biggest single cut to social security in more than seventy years.

A spokesperson for Department for Work and Pensions told ITV News that “Universal Credit has provided a vital safety net for six million people during the pandemic.

“The temporary uplift is part of a £400 billion support package which continues beyond the ending of restrictions.”