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Find out when and if Universal Credit affects you

From October 2017 some Gateshead residents will have to apply for a new government benefit called Universal Credit.

This replaces:

  • 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

As Universal Credit is based on jobcentre locations which cover different postcodes, it will affect different parts of Gateshead at different times. 

Visit Gov.uk for more information on Universal Credit.

Postcode roll out dates
jobcentredatepostcodes
Central Gateshead  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

Blaydon  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 21 March 2018 DH2 - 1
DH3 - 2 
Hexham 26 September 2018 NE42 - 5

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.

Some people in certain circumstances cannot claim Universal Credit. 

For example people 

  • with more than two children
  • who live in exempt supported accommodation.

If you are not sure whether this applies to you please check Universal Credit or contact the Universal Credit service centre on 0300 600 4272 (your phone provider may apply a charge of this call). 

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