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Spare room subsidy: Key facts and figures

  • The Government says the so-called 'bedroom tax' will save £500 million off the benefit bill every year.
  • In London, it affects 80, 000 households, two thirds of which are disabled occupants.
  • It's a fixed percentage of the Housing Benefit eligible rent. This is set at 14% for one extra bedroom and 25% for two or more.
  • Those affected will lose £14 a week on average.
  • Housing association tenants lose an average of £16 a week.

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'Bedroom Tax' introduced today

Houses over London Credit: PA

The controversial 'Bedroom Tax' which sparked protests in Leicester Square over the weekend, comes into force today. Eighty thousand Londoners will be affected by the new ruling.

Housing benefits for claimants who have a spare room will be affected by the new ruling.

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'Bedroom Tax' protests expected around Britain

Protests are expected to take place in 53 towns and cities today. Credit: PA

A series of protests are due to take place across the country today against plans to cut benefits for social housing tenants who are considered to be living in a house which is too big for their needs.

Under the Government plans, social housing tenants deemed to have a spare bedroom stand to have their housing benefit cut from next month.

Protests against the so-called 'Bedroom Tax' are expected to take in 53 towns and cities including London, Manchester, Birmingham, Belfast and Glasgow.

Londoners due to protest over new tax

Protesters have organised demonstrations at Trafalgar Square and across the country today opposing the introduction of the under-occupancy penalty, dubbed the 'bedroom tax' on Monday. Labour Left will start their protest at 1pm.

Protesters against the new tax. Credit: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire/Press Association Images

It's believed 50 more related demonstrations will take place today, with an estimated 13,000 protesters braving the cold weather.

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Protests staged across UK over 'bedroom tax'

Protests are taking place nationwide today against a new housing benefit, labelled by campaigners as "bedroom tax", that will cut benefits to people with a spare room.

Under the Government's welfare reforms, those deemed to have a spare bedroom in their council or housing association home will have their benefit claims reduced by £40 to £80.

Protestors take part in a demonstration outside Croydon Town Hall in Surrey. Credit: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire
Protestors take part in a demonstration against the government's proposed housing benefits.. Credit: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire
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