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.
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