From October 2017 some Gateshead residents will have to apply for a new government benefit called Universal Credit.
- Income Support
- Income related Jobseekers Allowance
- Income related Employment and Support Allowance
- Housing benefit
- Working Tax Credit
- Child Tax Credit
Anyone who would have made a new claim for these benefits will need to claim Universal Credit.
Please note if you want help towards paying your Council Tax, you still need to apply to the council for Council Tax Support.
Who should and should not claim Universal Credit
Universal Credit is a 'working age' benefit payable to those aged 18 up to 'pension credit qualifying age'. Check your state pension age. 16 and 17 year olds could also receive it in certain limited circumstances.
You cannot claim Universal Credit at all if:
- you have more than two children
You can claim Universal Credit towards your daily living needs only, but need to claim Housing Benefit from the council for help towards your rent if:
- you live in exempt supported accommodation.
- you have been placed in temporary accommodation by the council
If you have moved part way through your Universal Credit assessment period, you will not get any help through Universal Credit for that period towards the rent for the property you have moved out of. This may leave you with rent arrears. If you need to, you can apply for a Discretionary Housing Payment to cover this period.
For more information please check Universal Credit or contact the Universal Credit service centre on 0800 328 5644. This is a free service.
As Universal Credit is based on jobcentre locations which cover different postcodes, it will affect different parts of Gateshead at different times.
Visit Understanding Universal Credit which provides information to
- people who want to make a claim;
- people who have already claimed;
- organisations who advise people about Universal Credit.
Postcode roll out dates
||11 October 2017
NE8 - 1, 2, 3, and 4
NE9 - 5, 6 and 7
NE10 - 8, 9 and 0
NE11 - 9 and 0
NE16 - 3, 4, 5 and 6
DH3 - 1
||1 November 2017
||NE21 - 4, 5 and 6
NE39 - 1 and 2
NE40 - 3 and 4
NE41 - 8
|Consett and Stanley
||13 December 2017
||NE16 - 6
NE17 - 7
|Chester Le Street
||June 2018 (date to be confirmed)
||DH2 - 1
DH3 - 2
||26 September 2018
||NE42 - 5
How do I get help with my Council Tax if I am on a low income?
Universal Credit does not replace Council Tax Support. We still deal with reductions to your Council Tax if you have a low income. Visit Council Tax Support to apply.
Getting ready for Universal Credit
The Government has produced
If you don't meet the criteria for Universal Credit you should still apply for Housing Benefit