Research suggests people forced to economise because of the 'bedroom tax'

People in the Midlands who have been affected by the so-called 'bedroom tax' are cutting back on essentials such as food and heating, according to new research from the National Housing Federation.

The National Housing Association say people are economising Credit: PA Wire

34% per cent of those affected say they have cut back on food and 26% have cut back on heating as a result of the tax.

Nearly half 45% of those also needed to borrow money to help pay their rent since the introduction of the bedroom tax in April 2013.

The Bedroom Tax (also known as under occupancy charge) means people living in a housing association or council property with one or more spare bedrooms will receive less money in housing benefit.