Billingham man "disgusted and let down" by new bedroom tax

Peter Newell from Billingham says that he feels "disgusted and let down" by the government who have implemented the benefit changes.

He lives with his wife in a three bedroomed house which is specially adapted for his disability, although he says that he would be happy to move into a two bedroomed house but there aren't any available with the adaptations he needs.

Paul says that under the new "bedroom tax" he will lose £15 a week which will make it hard to pay for food or heating.

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Bedroom tax in the North East

At least half a million pounds of unpaid rent is due to councils in the North East as tenants struggle to cope with the effects of benefit changes.