Our Approach to Financial Inclusion
Trigger point conversations - information sheets
We have developed a range of information sheets for professionals and volunteers to support you to have conversations with residents about money and housing issues. These resources are on the following topics and can be downloaded:
- Benefits April 2014 (pdf, 91kb)
- Debt and money management February 2015 (pdf, 89kb)
- Financial inclusion April 2014 (pdf, 90kb)
- Housing and homelessness prevention April 2014 (pdf, 71kb)
We also have the following information sheet on financial inclusion which is specifically for Newcastle City Council Councillors.
Financial inclusion information for Newcastle City Council Councillors August 2014 (pdf, 337kb)
We have a range of toolkits to give you more in-depth information to support our financial inclusion objectives. These resources are on the following topics and can be downloaded:
- Access to affordable credit Feb 2015
- Access to bank accounts Feb 2015
- Debt Feb 2015
- Illegal money lending toolkit Feb 2015
The following guides also provide information for professionals and volunteers that support our financial inclusion objectives:
- Where to get advice in Newcastle (benefits, debt and money support) February 2015
Spectrums of advice
We seek to make the best use of the limited face to face specialist advice services in Newcastle by helping other non-specialist services to prevent and respond to financial exclusion and the risk of homelessness. This means moving from signposting to proportionate responses in which all partners can play a role.
To aid us in this process we have developed the following spectrums of advice. These describe three broad tiers or levels of advice and act as a tool to help us to better understand where organisations fit into our provision in Newcastle and what support they need to do this.
- Spectrum of advice: Benefits Jan 2015
- Spectrum of advice: Money management (budgeting and debt) Mar 2015
Consultancy lines and email contacts for professionals
We have the following opportunities for you to talk to specialists about housing, welfare rights and debt issues. Please note that these numbers are for professionals to use only and are not for residents to use.
- Housing Advice Centre, Monday -Friday - 8.30am -12pm & 1 - 4.30pm
Phone: 0191 277 1711
- Welfare Rights Service consultancy, Monday - Friday 10am - 12pm
Phone: 0191 277 2633
- Debt advice consultancy, Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Fri 9.30 - 11.30am
Phone: 0191 277 1050
- Financial inclusion, Monday - Friday
- Supporting Independence Scheme & Gateway, Monday - Friday 10am - 4pm
Phone: 0191 277 1707
Referral to benefit and debt advice (for professionals only)
Please complete form as fully as possible. For help, ring the appropriate consultancy line above
- Benefit advice referral form (Newcastle Welfare Rights Service)
- Debt advice referral form (Money Matters)
- Personal Independence Payment roll out in January 2015 news December 2014
- Universal Credit in Newcastle, Personal Independence Payment delays, European Economic migrants,carers and benefits,shared parental leave,pension changes,sanctions, the autumn statement and more December 2014 (pdf 306kb)
- Longer waiting times for benefit payment, work related activity, Universal Credit, advice disability and sickness benefits and more September 2014 (pdf, 315kb)
- Benefit news and issues, such as big benefit changes for EEA migrants, relaxed JSA rules for recently homeless and more July 2014, updated Sept 2014 (pdf, 217kb)
- Big changes for jobseekers and lone parents from April, sanctions and budget summary March 2014 (pdf, 236kb)
- Big Benefit changes and news Feb 2014 (pdf, 228kb)
- New appeal system April 2014 Feb 2014 (pdf, 18kb)
- October is the time for big benefit changes Oct 2013 (pdf, 166kb)
If you want to subscribe to 'benefit bulletins' or the 'Where to get advice in Newcastle' booklet, please complete this online form.
If you have problems subscribing, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Information on homelessness prevention
Newcastle has a range of protocols and other resources aimed at preventing homelessness and improving access and quality of service provision. For more information, visit our Housing advice and homelessness information for professionals page.