People in Birmingham are finding it harder to afford their rent following Government welfare reforms, according to Birmingham City Council.
There were almost 2,000 applications for help to pay for housing in the first two weeks of April - immediately after the Spare Room Subsidy or "Bedroom Tax" was introduced.
Discretionary Housing Payments were introduced in 2001 so local authorities could provide short-term payments to people facing problems with their housing costs. The Council says the system is struggling to cope.
More top news
Police have launched an urgent appeal after a prisoner convicted for a violent robbery in Derby escaped from HMP Dovegate in Staffordshire.
A cool and breezy day with some bright or sunny spells and patchy cloud. A risk of a shower in the north into the afternoon.
A bright but breezy day with sunny spells. Perhaps an isolated shower affecting the north of the area, though for most it will stay dry.