MP MICHAEL Dugher has revealed that nearly 2000 households are set to be hit by the Bedroom Tax in his Barnsley East constituency.

The National Housing Federation figures show that 1836 households in Barnsley East are set to lose on average £728 per year due to the government’s ‘Bedroom Tax’.

The government’s new rules state that housing benefit and universal credit claimants deemed to have one unused bedroom in their council or housing association home will lose 14 per cent of their housing benefit.

Those with two or more unused bedrooms will lose 25 per cent.

The tax is set to affect some 660,000 households nationally - two thirds of which are home to someone with a disability.

This change - due to come into effect on the 6 April 2013 - comes at the same time as the government is planning on giving a tax cut worth £100,000 to 13,000 millionnaires.

"This will hammer thousands of families in the area, and could drive people out of their homes. At the same time as this, the government's planning on giving millionaires a massive tax cut. How can this be right?"