Marion and Mark Smith and their three children
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Family in two-bed flat '36th in line for a house'

Only 6% of social housing tenants in Britain affected by changes to benefits partly designed to cut under-occupancy have moved home, BBC research suggests.

Ministers had hoped cutting benefits for tenants deemed to have a spare room would free up larger homes.

Marion and Mark Smith live with their three children in a two-bed flat. They cannot afford to privately rent a house of the size they need.

The family have been sleeping in the same room for the past month while mould and damp are removed from the other.

  • 28 Mar 2014
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