Nearly 80% of people receiving housing benefit in Wales are falling behind with their rent payments. Figures from Community Housing Cymru show that there aren't enough suitable homes available so that people can downsize. Alexandra Lodge reports.
Protesters are due to march in Cardiff today against the so-called 'bedroom tax'.
The Department of Work and Pensions say the removal of the bedroom tax is a "necessary reform" and that it has made money available to help local authorities in Wales "support vulnerable people".
The removal of the spare room subsidy is a necessary reform to return fairness to housing benefit. Even after the reform we pay over 80% of most claimants' housing benefit - but the taxpayer can no longer afford to pay for people to live in properties larger than they need. It is right that people contribute to these costs, just as private renters do.
To help with the transition we have made £6.2m available to Welsh councils to support vulnerable people, with an additional £880,000 available to help those in rural parts of Wales.
Work will start this year on constructing 1000 homes which will be built in Wales over the next two years.
And over the next 30 years the Welsh Government will be putting £130m towards building "quality and affordable housing.
Carl Sargeant, Minister for Housing and Regeneration says, "Building new homes is important not only in meeting the growing housing need of communities but also as a way of providing work to help people out of poverty and to counter the highly damaging effects of the UK Government's 'bedroom tax'.