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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.

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Full Report: Bedroom Tax blamed for council house arrears

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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