Campaigners have been demonstrating against new rules which will see housing benefit cut for council tenants deemed to have spare bedrooms. The protest in Exeter was in opposition to changes which the Government calls the spare room subsidy. Labour has dubbed it the bedroom tax.
A protest rally is due to take place in Exeter this afternoon against new rules which leave people claiming housing benefits facing deductions for spare rooms.
The so-called 'bedroom tax' means that from April, tenants face a 14 per cent reduction in benefits if they have one spare bedroom and a 25 per cent reduction if they have two.
The National Housing Federation, which represents housing associations, estimates that more than 800 households in Exeter will be affected by the rules. This afternoon's protest is due to take place at 1pm in Bedford Square. It's part of a nationwide day of action in 60 towns and cities.