Cuts to housing support will put people in Newcastle at risk of losing their homes if they lose their jobs. A charity has identified Newcastle as a "worrying hotspot". Shelter analysed the impact of the Government's controversial Universal Credit reforms.
Under the current system, renters who have not claimed housing benefit in the previous year get the full cost of their rent covered for up to 13 weeks if unemployed.
Shelter warned that under Universal Credit a renter will only receive a standard amount towards their housing costs.
The Government said that only a "tiny percentage" of housing benefit claimants receive help from the 13-week rule, which was designed 27 years ago.
It argues that the package of Universal Credit reforms will also give people a much clearer route back into work.