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).

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 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 YHN Housing Services 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)

Since April 2013 any household that the government says has more bedrooms than they need, receives less Housing Benefit.

Universal Credit

A number of benefits that are currently paid separately will be brought together into one payment called Universal Credit.

The Benefit cap

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

Personal Independence Payments

Personal Independence Payments have replaced Disability Living Allowance since April 2013.

Social Fund changes

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.

Non-dependant deductions

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.

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.


Other useful links