Welfare benefit changes

A raft of changes to the welfare benefits system this April began to come into force on Monday, with more being introduced throughout the month.

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Fears over the so-called 'Bedroom Tax'

Many of the Government's welfare reforms have finally become reality this week and for thousands of families in the East that means a drop in their household incomes.

In particular, anyone who has a room that could be classed as a spare bedroom will see a cut in their benefits - the Government says the reforms are just about being fair to everyone.

Click below to watch a report by ITV News Anglia's Social Affairs Correspondent Elodie Harper.

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Protest against government's 'bedroom tax'

More than a hundred people have staged a protest in the centre of Corby against Government changes to the welfare system. They were calling for the cut to housing benefit that has become known as the 'bedroom tax' to be scrapped.

It comes into effect next week and will mean less for people who are deemed to have more bedrooms in their home than they need. Stuart Leithes reports.

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