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Bedroom tax is 'destroying me'

It's cruel, will lead to people losing their homes, and won't save the money it's supposed to. That's the claim of some MPs in the region on the Government's new bedroom tax that comes into force in a matter of weeks.

New rules will dock the housing benefit of tenants with a spare room. The Government says the change is necessary to cut a soaring benefits bill and free up social housing for those that need it the most.

We'll be talking to people affected by the tax - and those who support it - today.

Sandra Arnold lives alone in her three bedroom home in Birchington where she raised her family for 17 years.

With the bedroom tax looming her son has helped her pack up ready to go - and she's burnt her belongings that won't fit into a smaller place in a bonfire in the garden.

Barbara Hills says she doesn't know where to turn

A mother who fears that her two disabled children may have to be put into care because of the so called bedroom tax, says she's had no advice about what to do.

Barbara Hills says her children need a room each at their three bedroom house in Kent. But under government plans, council housing tenants will either have their benefits cut or they'll have to move to a smaller house if they're judged to have spare bedrooms.

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Bedroom tax: a mother's fears for her disabled children

A mother from Rainham has said her two disabled children may have to be put into care because of the so called bedroom tax.

Barbara Hills says her children need a room each at their three bedroom house in Kent. But under government plans, council housing tenants will either have their benefits cut or they'll have to move to a smaller house if they're judged to have spare bedrooms.

"Bedroom tax could put my sons' future in jeopardy"

Many charities have protested strongly against the so called 'bedroom tax' Credit: Press Association

A woman from Rainham says she's worried sick about the future of her two disabled children if the new 'bedroom tax' rules come into place.

Barbara Hills, from Rainham, lives in a three bedroom local authority house, with her two boys aged 15 and 7.

She says she's been told that she will either have to move in to a smaller house, or lose 14 per cent of her housing benefit.

But Barbara says that the boys' bedrooms have been especially adapted for their needs and they need to stay in their separate rooms.

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