March 5 2015 Latest news:

Thousands of people across Norfolk and Suffolk will be affected when housing benefit changes are introduced by the government.

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The reforms, dubbed the “bedroom tax” by opponents, will mean people of working age who receive housing benefit will lose part of their benefit if they have a spare room.

It will only affect people living in council or housing association homes rather than in private accommodation.

One bedroom will be allocated for couples, anyone aged 16 or over, two children of the same sex under the age of 16, two children under the age of 10 regardless of their sex, a carer if you or your partner need overnight care.

Campaigners fear it will affect couples where one acts as a carer and they sleep apart as well as divorced couples who live apart and have their children stay overnight or for visits.

If you have one spare bedroom your housing benefit will be cut by 14pc of the rent you pay every week. If you have two or more spare bedrooms, you will lose 25pc.

•Are you going to be affected by the “bedroom tax”? Contact reporter Tom Bristow on 01603772313 or email tom.bristow@archant.co.uk.

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