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Labour: 96% affected by 'bedroom tax' cannot move

More than 96% of households affected by the so-called 'bedroom tax' are unable to move into smaller properties, Labour has claimed.

An estimated 238,266 households have been hit by the housing benefit cut for people deemed to have a spare room, according to data from 95 councils in England, Scotland and Wales.

Responding to Freedom of Information requests from Labour, 61 local authorities were able to estimate how many one or two-bedroom council properties are vacant in their area - a total of 9,095 proporties.

Read: What is the Government's controversial 'bedroom tax'?