The £20-a-week increase to xo universal credit will be "phased out" in the autumn, the government says. Universal credit is a benefit for working-age people, claimed by more than 5.5 million households in the UK, which was introduced to replace six benefits and merge them into one payment. Work and Pensions Secretary Therese Coffey tells MPs the boost - introduced in April last year to help deal with the economic effects of Covid - will face an "adjustment". She says it will be phased out this autumn alongside other measures put in place to help those affected by the pandemic. The top up was extended by six months in March and Labour has called for it to continue beyond the autumn. Campaigners say the extra money - which is worth about £1,000 a year - has made the difference for some families between getting by and falling further into poverty.