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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.

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Full Report: Bedroom tax in the North East

Families across the region will have their benefits reduced from next week if they live in a council house and have one or more spare rooms under the so-called "bedroom tax."

The government wants them to downsize, saying it will free up more space and bring down the benefits bill.

It has been dubbed "the bedroom tax" - and one family says that the move will force them into poverty, without money for food or heating.

You can watch the full report from Frances Read below.

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