It's been revealed that thousands of tenants in the south-east are being forced to pay the so-called 'bedroom tax' - and yet it's virtually impossible for them to move into smaller homes.
A Freedom of Information request has revealed an extreme scarcity of one-bedroom social housing across the region.
It means that in Medway, for example, smaller homes are available for only one per cent of people paying the penalty for having a spare room. In Thurrock, the situation is little better. John Ryall reports.
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Tuesday afternoon's weather for the west of the region
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