Pensioners hit by 'bedroom tax'

Some pensioners with spare rooms will be hit by reductions in housing benefit under what critics dub the Government's "bedroom tax", the Department of Work and Pensions said. A ComRes poll reveals most of the British public want to delay the tax.

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Couple: We'd lose our quality of life if we 'downsized'

Lisa and Brett live in a two bedroom property in Essex and fear they will be affected by the 'bedroom tax'.

Under the new rules, they would be classified as a couple and would only be entitled to one bedroom. To stay in their current home they would have to pay £80 per month for the second bedroom.

ITV News' reporter Sejal Karia visited them at home to find out why their 'spare' bedroom is much more than a luxury:

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