The Act was designed to simplify the benefits system but, while everyone gets used to the changes, they can actually seem much more complicated.
We will also update our pages relating to the government’s benefit changes whenever we can – you can read more here.
Our advice and support workers will always be able to advise you about benefits and can help to make sure you’re receiving everything you should be, but you can find a lot of information out for yourself online – we’ve included some useful links below.
They also have some really easy to understand factsheets, that should answer many questions you might have. You can access all of this information here.
The government also has lots of information relating to benefits at www.gov.uk. You can find descriptions of all the different benefits as well as links to trusted "benefit calculators" which ask you for a few details in order to show you what you might be entitled to. You can access their benefits calculators here and can even apply online.
Please note: it is very important that you tell the benefits team at Newcastle City Council about any changes in your circumstances or income as this may affect the amount of benefit you are entitled to.
The quickest way to get in touch with our Advice and Support team is to use our online referral form.
If you want to speak to a member of staff, someone at your Housing Services Office can arrange this for you.