It was one of the Government's most controversial cuts - and tonight we have learned the full extent of the so-called bedroom tax in the North East.
Councils have told Tyne Tees News that they are now owed more than half a million pounds in unpaid rents.
This follows the Coalition's decision to cut benefits for people who have a spare room.
You can watch the full report from Dan Ashby below.
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