Government's benefit changes

Government benefit changes
Welcome to the Your Homes Newcastle guide to the government's benefit changes (also known as welfare reform).

The government is making some major changes to the current benefit system which are likely to affect a large number of YHN tenants.

We want to make sure we provide you with as much information as possible about what the changes are and how they could affect you, so that you can prepare for them taking place. We will also tell you about any help and support we can offer.

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 Community Housing Office.

The Welfare Rights section of Newcastle City Council’s website also has some useful advice and contact details for other services that can help.

Under occupation (the Bedroom Tax)

From April 2013 any household that the government says has more bedrooms than they need, will receive less Housing Benefit.

Universal Credit

From October 2013 a number of benefits that are currently paid separately will be brought together into one payment called Universal Credit.

The Benefit cap

The government intends to place a ‘cap’ on the total amount of benefit that working-age people can receive.

Personal Independence Payments

Personal Independence Payments are replacing Disability Living Allowance from April 2013.

Social Fund changes

From April 2013, the Social Fund, run by the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP), will come to an end. Find out how Newcastle City Council's new scheme will work.

Non-dependant deductions

The third reduction in Housing Benefit, for tenants who have a non-dependant person living with them, takes effect from 1 April 2013.

Council tax

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 support.

Help with money

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 benefit changes.

Get Switched On

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.


Weighing up the Benefits

In June 2012 we produced a booklet which brings together information on all the major benefit changes called “Weighing up the Benefits”. The booklet went out with our Homes & People newsletter, but if you didn’t get a copy or you can’t find it, you can Weighing up the benefitsdownload a copy here:

Other useful links