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New Enterprise Allowance

Delivered by Gateshead Council

New Enterprise Allowance can provide money and support to help people start their own business if they're receiving certain benefits.

Applicants must be aged 18 or over, have a business idea and either they or their partner must get one of the following benefits:

  • Jobseeker's Allowance.
  • Employment and Support Allowance.
  • Income Support (for lone parents or people who are sick).
  • Universal Credit (in some cases).

Jobcentre Plus work coaches can check eligibility and make referrals to the scheme.

Help is available:

As well as having a mentor, successful applicants could also:

  • Get a weekly allowance paid for up to 26 weeks (up to a total of £1,274).
  • Apply for a loan to help with start-up costs.

Any money paid doesn't affect Housing Benefit, Tax Credits, Income Tax, Universal Credit or Access to Work grant.

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