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Benefits

There is a new cap on the maximum amount someone of working age can receive in benefits. If you have income above the cap, your Housing Benefit could be reduced to only 50p per week. Find out more about the changes to Benefits.

You must tell us about any changes in your circumstances that have happened since you applied, or while you've been receiving benefit.

Benefits: report a change in circumstances

Universal Credit

Universal Credit

Description
Universal Credit replaces individual benefits with a single monthly payment.
Housing Benefit

Housing Benefit

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Information about Housing Benefit, Local Housing Allowance rates and how to apply.
Council Tax Support

Council Tax Support

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Information about Council tax Support and how to apply.
Benefit calculator

Benefit calculator

Description
See how much Housing Benefit and Council Tax Support you could get, and make a claim.
Local crisis payments

Local crisis payments

Description
If you are on means tested benefits you may be entitled to a local crisis payment.
Discretionary Housing Payments

Discretionary Housing Payments

Description
If you are struggling financially, get advice and apply for help towards your rent.
Benefit appeals

Benefit appeals

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Find out how you can appeal if you are unhappy with our decision about your benefit claim.
Benefit fraud

Benefit fraud

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How to report benefit fraud in Gateshead in confidence.
Education benefits

Education benefits

Description
Find out about free school meals and school transport for your children.