'Bedroom tax' comes into force

80,000 people in our region could lose up to £900 across the year in housing benefit - as the so called bedroom tax comes into force. The policy will see benefits cut for social housing tenants deemed to be living in homes bigger than they need.

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Bedroom tax protests

Campaigner at a bedroom tax protest Credit: PA

A series of protests are taking place across the country today against plans to cut benefits for social housing tenants who are considered to be living in a house which is too big for their needs.

Under the Government plans, social housing tenants deemed to have a spare bedroom stand to have their housing benefit cut from next month.

Protests against the so-called 'Bedroom Tax' are expected to take in 53 towns and cities including Barnsley, London, Manchester, Birmingham, Belfast and Glasgow.

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