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Pensioners hit by 'bedroom tax'

Some pensioners with spare rooms will be hit by reductions in housing benefit under what critics dub the Government's "bedroom tax", the Department of Work and Pensions said. A ComRes poll reveals most of the British public want to delay the tax.

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Kriss Akabusi: Foster parents need spare rooms

Kriss Akabusi, who lived in many foster homes as a child, said foster carers play a vital role in society and the government's plans to levy extra charges on spare rooms will impact many of them, as they need spare rooms. He said:

"To be a foster parent, you have to have a spare room, you can't be a foster parent, and have a girl of 12 come and share a room with a boy of 14."

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