We are currently consulting on our Council Tax Reduction scheme for 2018/19. For more information, go to: www.newcastle.gov.uk/CouncilTaxReductionScheme2018/19

The Government are making major changes to the benefits system which affect many groups of people, generally known as welfare reform. For example, some benefits are being replaced by Universal Credit, with increased work related responsibilities, some benefits are being capped and others are being cut and replaced.

Find out more about Universal Credit

Find out more about the benefit cap

See our timeline of benefit changes (pdf, 796kb)

These changes and many more can also be found in the following web pages. 
Please note that someone might be in more than one group

Parts of the DWP Social Fund, which provides one-off help, were replaced by the council from April 2013. Find out about the Supporting Independence Scheme (SIS) - the replacement for Community Care Grants and the Crisis Support Scheme(CSS) - the replacement for the Crisis Loans.

What can I do if I'm affected by the changes?

Where can I go for further advice?

Benefit Bulletins

If you want to receive regular benefit news and information, please go to our page: Information for professionals and volunteers and sign up for a Benefit Bulletin.

For a comprehensive list of benefit changes see our benefit changes timeline

Page last updated: 
2 November 2017
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