Government's benefit changes
Welcome to the Your Homes Newcastle guide to the government's
benefit changes (also known as welfare reform).
In April 2013 government made some major changes to the UK
benefit system which affected a large number of YHN tenants.
We want to make sure we give you as much
information as possible about how you can reduce the impact
of the changes and tell you about any help and support we can
Use the links below to find out about the
different benefit changes.
If you need any other general advice and
support, visit the
Advice and Support section of our website or
contact your YHN Housing
Welfare Rights section of Newcastle City
Council’s website also has some useful advice and contact details
for other services that can help.
Since April 2013 any household that the
government says has more bedrooms than they need, receives less
A number of benefits that are currently
paid separately will be brought together into one payment called
The government has placed a ‘cap’ on the total
amount of benefit that working-age people can receive.
Personal Independence Payments have replaced Disability Living
Allowance since April 2013.
In April 2013, the Social Fund, run by the Department of Work
and Pensions (DWP), came to an end. Find out about Newcastle City
Council's replacement scheme.
Tenants who have a non-dependant person living with them will
receive a reduction in their Housing Benefit. The third reduction
in Housing Benefit, for tenants who have a non-dependant person
living with them, takes effect from 1 April 2013.
Newcastle City Council have developed their own Council Tax
Support Scheme. All people of working age will now have to pay
something towards their Council Tax before receiving any
We have developed some useful information and links to other
websites and documents to help point you in the right direction if
you need help to manage your money or are struggling with the
We have created a webpage to help you gain confidence with
technology and get online. You could discover a whole new world of
benefits when you log on to the World Wide Web! Find out how, and
get links to other useful organisations.
Other useful links