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'Bedroom tax' protest in Exeter

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.

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