Next month a major change to the benefits system will come into force. Among those affected will be the 2 million people facing a 25% reduction in their housing benefit.
The so-called "bedroom tax" will hit people living in properties considered too large for them. Laura Makin-Isherwood met one man who says the changes could make his home unaffordable.
From April 1 2012 major changes will be made to the benefits system. And 2 million people will face a 25% cut in housing support.Read the full story ›
The new 'bedroom tax' comes into force in April 2013. Here we explain how it will work and who will be affected.Read the full story ›
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.
Protest rallies are due to take place in Bristol and Bath this afternoon against new rules which leave people claiming housing benefits facing deductions for spare rooms.
The so-called 'bedroom tax' will leave council tenants with £11 a week less if they're deemed to have one spare bedroom and £21 a week less if they have two. Bristol City Council says the rules will affect more than 4,700 households in the city.
The rally in Bristol is due to take place on College Green at 1pm. In Bath it's outside The Guildhall at the same time. Protests are taking place in 60 towns and cities nationwide.
There's growing concern amongst people living in social housing in the south west that the so-called bedroom tax will force them to leave their homes.
Under new welfare reforms, from April housing benefit will be cut for people living in houses with spare rooms. The aim is to free up space for people living in over crowded homes. But the rules have been condemned by some of those it's going to affect. Claire Manning reports.