From April, 50,000 council and housing association tenants will lose a percentage of their housing benefit, if they have a spare room in their house. It is designed to free up bigger houses for the families who need them - but in many areas, a shortage of smaller homes means moving is not an option.
The parents of a disabled 18 year old say they're disgusted to find their son may need to prove he's unable to work to receive benefits. Liam Barker was born paralysed and needs a ventilator to breathe. He's been told he may need to attend a work capability assessment.
The Department of Work and Pensions says candidates found to be incapable of work, receive long term support.
Tom McLeod is 90 years old and has been living alone since his wife died. Apart from his pension, he thought he was not entitled to any other benefits. He has been part of a trial by Newcastle University to help older people find out what benefits they are entitled to.
Thanks to the Attendance Allowance and a pension credit, he says he’s now £80 a week better off. He uses the money to pay for a home help, a gardener to tend to his garden, and a meals-on-wheels service. He says without the extra money, he would be struggling to look after himself in his home.