The controversial so-called Bedroom Tax has come in to force.
Under the new scheme, residents in social housing with one spare bedroom will have their housing benefit cut by 14%, while those with two or more unoccupied rooms will see it reduced by 25%.
Protests against the measures have been taking place across the region.
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Ex Newcastle United striker, Alan Shearer has spoken about owing Freddy Shepherd a "huge debt" for bringing him back home.
Newcastle United have paid tribute to former chairman Freddy Shepherd who has died at the age of 75.
North East businessman Graham Wylie CBE has paid tribute to the 'very charitable and generous' Freddy Shepherd.