According to the Newcastle Evening Chronicle, research by the Cambridge Centre for Housing and Planning Research and Ipsos Mori has found that three quarters of householders impacted by the ‘bedroom tax’ who took part in their survey had cut back on food, while 46% of people scrimped on heating, 33% on travel and 42% on leisure.  According to the statistics,  36,126 families in the North East of England were affected by cuts to housing benefits as a result of the government’s removal of the ‘spare room subsidy’ in 2014/15.

“In the context of the report, that means that in Newcastle, which is home to the country’s largest food bank in the West End of the city, some 3,500 families struggled to afford to pay for food.” Evening Chronicle, December 18th 2015



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