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Anger over new 'bedroom tax'

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

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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.

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