Angus Young: 'Bedroom tax' is giving hard-up Hull families sleepless nights
The latest move to cut housing benefit payments for social housing tenants deemed to living in properties with empty bedrooms has turned into a real political football.
To underline the point, Labour's Shadow Work and Pensions Secretary Liam Byrne was in Hull earlier this week, speaking about the issue.
The visit marked the launch of a new campaign by Labour to highlight what it claims is an unfair tax on the poor.
Technically speaking, it's a benefit cut rather than a tax.
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But that hasn't stopped people talking about the "bedroom tax" in the same way folk used to complaint about the injustice of the poll tax even though it's official title was the community charge.
I suspect even an experienced political operator like Mr Byrne was surprised by the size of the media turnout for his visit to a couple in Bransholme.
But it underlined the public interest in a topic that shows no sign of disappearing fast.
Away from the politics, I've been struck at the despair of some people on very limited incomes and with numerous health problems, who now face having to pay more rent, through no real fault of their own.
I spoke to one lady this week who cares full-time for her severely disabled husband in a three-bedroom property.
Their children have grown up and left home but she needs the space to sleep separately and store a lot of her husband's medical equipment.
She's also one year away from the official retirement age, meaning she is not exempt from the new welfare changes.
Being classed as having two spare bedrooms, she is facing a 25 per cent reduction in her benefit, which offsets some of her rent.
At the same time, she will have to start paying council tax for the first time, under additional changes being introduced by the Government from next month.
The fact she felt the need to call me to get answers about why she was facing a rent increase, when her eligibility for a state pension kicked in and why no one at her housing association could provide the same information, left me wondering whether ministers and many others in the Westminster bubble really do appreciate the impact of what is heading down the line for people like her.
I suspect not.