Around 200 protesters have gathered in Durham to show their their opposition to the Government's changes to housing benefit.
Demonstrations have been taking place across the country, all timed to start at 1pm.
A man fighting government plans to introduce the 'bedroom tax,' claims he has found a loop-hole which could make people exempt from paying it.
Currently, anyone living in social housing will receive less benefits from next month if they have unoccupied bedrooms.
Michael Brennan, from Newcastle, relies on a disability benefit. He says the government is wrong to tax him on a space which is too small to be classed as a bedroom.
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North East MPs are being urged to ensure the Government's "bedroom tax" is rigorously evaluated before it comes into force.
Housing association Riverside has written to MPs to ensure the Welfare Reform Bill is fully scrutinised, as it estimates nearly 7000 tenants will be affected by the new tax.
Under the reforms families considered to have too much living space by local authorities will receive reduced benefit payments.
North East constituencies most likely to feel the full force of the reforms include Gateshead and North Tyneside where a quarter of Riverside households will be affected.
Riverside is trying to mitigate the impact of the reforms under its B!G Changes campaign and is targeting those at risk to explain their options, including seeking to downsize, take in a lodger and 'stay and pay'.
A crisis meeting has been held on Teesside about controversial government plans to introduce the "bedroom tax."
After April, people living in social housing will lose some of their benefit according to the number of spare bedrooms they have.
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Social housing organisations and tenants from across the North East are holding a meeting in Wynyard on Teesside to discuss what the proposed tax will mean for them.
The plan is to mobilise a lot of support against the proposed tax.