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.
More top news
Richard Kilty and Laura Weightman are among four North East competing for Great Britain at the World Athletics Championships in Beijing
Teen charged with planning mass murder at former college defends keeping stash at home and says: "I wasn't going to ******* shoot anyone".
Patient thanks the Great North Air Ambulance Service who quickly treated him and flew him to hospital.