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MPs in warning over housing benefit cut risk

26 March 2013 Last updated at 07:14 GMT

The government will need to react quickly if a benefit cut for social housing tenants leads to rises in rent arrears and homelessness, a group of MPs is warning.

From 1 April, changes to housing benefit affecting working-age social housing tenants deemed to have spare bedrooms will mean a 14% cut for those with one extra room and of 25% for those with two or more.

Public Accounts Committee chair Margaret Hodge said the move could have a "severe impact" on low-income families.

Stephen Robb reports.