Protests against 'bedroom tax'

Campaigners against the Government's controversial changes to housing benefits - dubbed 'bedroom tax' - have taken to the streets across the UK in protest.

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'Bedroom tax': Who is exempt?

  • Pensioners have always been exempt
  • Approved foster carers, so long as they have fostered a child, or become an approved foster carer in the last 12 months
  • Adult children who are in the Armed Forces but who continue to live with parents
  • Severely disabled children should be allowed a room of their own if their condition makes it unreasonable for another child to share with them

DWP: 'Only right we bring fairness back to the system'

A day of action will take place tomorrow against the Government's 'bedroom tax' proposals.

A spokesperson for the Department for Work and Pensions said:

It's only right that we bring fairness back to the system - when in England alone there are nearly two million households on the social housing waiting list and over a quarter of a million tenants are living in overcrowded homes. We are giving councils an extra £150m this year so that they can help their vulnerable tenants.

– Department for Work and Pensions Statement

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Campaigners to protest against 'bedroom tax'

Campaigners against the Government's controversial 'bedroom tax' will take to the streets tomorrow across the UK in protest.

Under the proposals, housing benefit payments will be reduced for tenants in council or housing association properties with empty bedrooms.

Protests will take place across the UK tomorrow Credit: Chris Ison/PA Wire

Critics of the 'tax' say it will hit disabled people the hardest as many of them have not been included in the exemptions announced by the Department for Work and Pensions earlier this week.

Some foster carers and families containing someone who serves in the Armed Forces will no longer be affected by the measure.

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