Emma Vardy canvasses opinion
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Benefit reforms: Reporter tries to live on £53 a week

9 April 2013 Last updated at 21:50 BST

A BBC reporter has begun her attempt to live for one week on no more than £53.

Emma Vardy's mission was inspired by a petition signed by 450,000 people urging Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith to do the same.

The debate follows a welfare shake-up including cuts to housing benefit for some social housing tenants.

Emma has been canvassing opinion in Oxfordshire. Her attempt concludes on Friday.