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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