Money help

Find out what financial support is available for the cost of living crisis

Money to help with food, bills, energy costs and other essentials

The Household Support Fund is now open for applications to help with food, energy, bills and other essential costs.

Higher payments have been available for the winter months. Depending on your situation, you could get up to £240.

If you have applied and received a grant from Age UK Berkshire or Citizens Advice Wokingham between April and September 2023, you can now apply again. New applications are welcome.

If you have a child who receives means-tested free school meals, you can get £20 per week, per child, during school holidays from First Days Children's Charity.

Help with money and budgets

Marriage Allowance

Couples who are married or in a civil partnership could get £252 to boost their finances.

By using HMRC’s online Marriage Allowance calculator couples can find out if they are eligible.

Couples who may be unaware that they could claim include those where one partner is working and the other has income less than their personal allowance of £12,570, including those who:  

  • have retired
  • have given up work to care for children or elderly relatives
  • are unable to work because of long term health conditions
  • have a part time job
  • have a low paid job

Preventing crisis

Our Local Welfare Provision is a scheme run by us to help people who are in a crisis or emergency situation and where additional assistance would help prevent the crisis or emergency from escalating.

Help from Wokingham Borough Council

Universal Credit

What Universal Credit benefit is and how to apply

Discretionary Housing Payments

Help with housing costs

Council Tax

Prices, payment methods, discounts and refunds

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