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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Charity runner Mark ‘Run Geordie Run’ Allison has just announced that he will attempt to run around the world.
A breeder from County Durham who had an arm amputated after a dog attack, has been arrested and bailed after alleged dog attacks.
Middlesbrough could move to the summit of the Championship table tonight. Aitor Karanka's men will take on Wolves at the Molineux Stadium.