PROTESTERS took to the Town Hall on Friday opposing the 'bedroom tax" in Barnsley.

From April 1 housing benefit for tenants other than pensioners will be cut if they're living in a home judged to be bigger than their needs.

Organisers say hundreds of local people have already joined the group Say No to Bedroom Tax and they plan weekly protests and marches to highlight their fears.

Jo Makinson, a 42-year-old single mum from Shafton, was one of the people who protested.

"It's already a struggle financially on job seekers' allowance," she said. "I've tried cutting back on gas and electric bills and shop in the bargain reduced bins in the supermarket."

She's set to lose £12 a week from next month as her three-bedroom house is deemed too big for her needs with one five-year-old son.

"In those circumstances to lose £12 a week is a fortune and I don't now what I am going to do. It's not as if there are loads of two bedroom council houses available in Shafton because there are not."