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Your money and benefits

We have two new tools to assist you with managing your finance and benefits:

Benefits calculator

If you would like to check whether you are receiving all of the benefits you should be and maximising your income you can complete a calculation by clicking on this link.

Budgeting tool

If you would like to check whether your outgoings are more than your income you can complete our new budgeting tool by clicking on this link. 

If you let us know you have completed this form we can collect your results from our system to help us assess your application form.

Universal Credit

Durham County Council has released some important advice on the upcoming roll out of Universal Credit across County Durham (October 2017). You can view this by clicking on this link.

Have you heard of our Monkey project?

Monkey, a partnership project, is funded through the Big Lottery Fund’s Improving Financial Confidence (IFC) programme and offers free support to people in bands 1 to 4 within Durham Key Options' Lettings Policy.

Support can be offered around finding affordable quality furniture, managing money, getting low cost home insurance, getting the best deal on your gas and electricity, opening bank and savings accounts, budgeting and benefits.

Those who register with the Monkey project will receive a discount card which can be used to receive up to 20% off at selected carpet and furniture retailers across County Durham.

If you would like to receive support, you can sign and return the declaration form included in your housing application pack (or click here to print the declaration).

You can contact the Monkey team on 01388 424697 for further information or visit

Illegal money lending

Did you know there is a national Illegal Money Lending team that investigates and prosecutes loan sharks in this country? You can report any suspicious activity and obtain advice by visiting their website by clicking on their logo below.