Around 350 people protested against cuts and the bedroom tax in Middlesbrough last Saturday.
“It was heartening to see so many local people out on the streets demonstrating,” said Jack Blackett.
Meanwhile in Barnsley, south Yorkshire, some 160 people marched.
Fran Postlethwaite from the anti-bedroom tax campaign called on the Labour council to promise there will be no evictions for anyone in arrears because of the tax.
“Our petition, with 2,500 signatures, was handed in to the council leader this week,” she said.
“Labour nationally must also pledge that it will repeal this vicious tax.”
Bernadette Woodhouse said that she is badly affected by the tax even though she works.
“I do one and a half hours cleaning a day.
“The money I get plus benefits is the same as if I was not working and on JSA.
“Now I have this tax plus I have to pay council tax of £120 a year.
“Because they say I have a ‘spare’ bedroom I will have £93 a fortnight to live on.
“But how can I survive on that?”