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
Victorian North Yorkshire railway station celebrates 150 years of operation
Newcastle International Airport has welcomed the recommendation by the Airports Commission that a third runway should be built at Heathrow.
Six former British soldiers, including three from this region, have been told today that they will go on trial in India on weapons charges.