Protesters gather for march in Cardiff against 'bedroom tax'

A protest is taking place in Cardiff as part of a UK-wide day of action calling for an end to the so-called 'bedroom tax'. Cardiff & South Wales Against the Bedroom Tax say the spare room subsidy is breaking up families and dividing communities.

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DWP: Reforms are 'necessary' to restore fairness

Following a protest march in Cardiff calling for an end to the so-called 'bedroom tax', the Department of Work and Pensions say the reforms are 'necessary' in order to restore fairness to the system and make a better use of social housing.

Our reforms are necessary to restore fairness to the system and make a better use of social housing.

We are saving the taxpayer £1m a day, but we have given councils £345m since reforms came in last year to support vulnerable groups.

The removal of the spare room subsidy means we still pay the majority of most claimants' rent. But the taxpayer no longer covers the costs of extra bedrooms, so we can free up bigger homes for people forced to live in cramped, overcrowded accommodation.

– Department of Work and Pensions spokesperson

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Protesters call for an end to 'bedroom tax'

The spare room subsidy was introduced one year ago. Credit: PA

Protesters are marching through Cardiff as part of a UK-wide day of action calling for an end to the so-called 'bedroom tax'.

Campaign group, Cardiff & South Wales Against the Bedroom Tax will be joined by AMs and MPs as well as members of the clergy on the rally through the city centre.

They say the policy, which was introduced a year ago, is breaking up families and dividing communities.

The Department of Work and Pensions say the removal of the spare room subsidy restores fairness and saves the taxpayer money.

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