Bedroom tax begins

The controversial so-called Bedroom Tax has come in to force.

Under the new scheme, residents in social housing with one spare bedroom will have their housing benefit cut by 14%, while those with two or more unoccupied rooms will see it reduced by 25%.

Protests against the measures have been taking place across the region.

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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.