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PEOPLE who want to move home can find help at a speed dating style event today.

Portsmouth City Council and Homeswapper want to match up residents with homes too big or too small.

Councillor Darren Sanders, cabinet member for housing at the council, told the BBC people had been swapping homes in the city for decades.

He said: ‘But the impetus that the benefit tax, or spare room subsidy, has been giving is something that has been concentrating people’s minds much more.

‘We’ve got a mixture of things, we’ve got people who are living in overcrowded accommodation and we’ve also got people who are under-occupying.

‘I’ve been told there’s somebody living in a six bedroom property who needs a one-bedroom flat.

‘We want to try and see basically whether we can match people up to homes.

‘For every three families living in overcrowded accommodation in our city, there are five tenants who are under-occupying.’

The event, for social housing tenants, will be at the residents’ participation centre at Chaucer House, Isambard Brunel Road, Southsea.

It starts at 2pm and finishes at 7pm.