'Bedroom tax' in the Midlands

Anti-cuts activists will be in Birmingham today, in protest at the Government's welfare changes.

UK Uncut said it will highlight the effect of the so-called bedroom tax, with protesters expected to take beds with them to the demonstrations.

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"Bedroom tax": The help available

Some will be able to apply for Discretionary Housing Payments to help with "bedroom tax" Credit: PA Wire

The government says that anyone hit by the "bedroom tax" in April will be able to apply for Discretionary Housing Payments to help. However, these payments will not be available to everyone:

The National Housing Federation says funding for the payments is capped at £30 million and this is not ring-fenced.

Only foster carers and disabled people are eligible.

Payments are granted at the discretion of local authorities.

When the funding is gone, it's gone.

To find out more on the 'bedroom tax', read the article 'What is the government's controversial 'bedroom tax'?


"Bedroom tax" could force mother out of home

Wendy Morrison with her daughter Codie Credit: ITV News Central

A mother from Nottingham says she may have to move house because of government changes to housing benefit for people who have a spare bedroom.

Wendy Morrison, from Aspley in Nottingham, lives in a council house with her 12-year-old daughter Codie.

She's had a spare room since her elder daughter left home. Under the new so-called "bedroom tax", she says she'll have to pay an extra £650 a year.

The tax will mean families who rely on housing benefit and live in houses with unused or spare bedrooms will be classed as under-occupying. The will result in a loss of the housing benefit they receive and will have to make up the difference themselves to pay their rent.

You can read more on the "bedroom tax" story on the ITV News National website.

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