West Berkshire Council's Household Support Fund

Published: 02 January 2024

West Berkshire Council (WBC), in collaboration with local voluntary sector partners, has been allocated over £1.3 million by the government to help support those most in need in the local area.

Priority will be given to vulnerable groups and households not eligible for other government support.

This means WBC is able to provide short-term financial aid to households in crisis, and has allocated funds to address various needs.

£30,000 for food and energy support to be channelled through local charities
£19,580 for appliances and furniture to provide essential items for residents in need
£10,000 emergency accommodation support to ensure hot meals are available to those in emergency accommodation
£30,000 for carpets and curtains to help those moving into accommodation without these essentials
£80,000 for struggling pensioners to assist pensioners with costs of hot meals, energy, and essential repairs

Funding is also available for young carers and those leaving care, as well as vouchers for residents who receive free school meals, and £150 cost of living support payment for eligible residents who are entitled to housing benefit (mainly pensioners).

More information and details on how to apply for support may be found on the Household Support Page of WBC’s web site.