Here to Help

Published: 17 April 2024

Struggling with the cost of living?

We know the cost of living remains high. If you’re struggling financially and having to make very difficult choices around household essentials, such as food, rent and energy, please reach our for help. Support is available in the Royal Borough. Please visit our ‘Here to Help’ campaign webpages to see what support might be available to you, read on for how to apply to the Household Support Fund and how to contact one of our community partners. Information is also available in the attached leaflet.

DWP Household Support Fund

Applications have reopened to the DWP Household Support Fund, a cost of living hardship fund which has already helped hundreds of households in greatest need in the Royal Borough. At the council, we’re working closely with 18 frontline community partners to identify residents in severe financial hardship to receive a cash payment of £145.

How to apply for a payment

You can put yourself forward for a payment by contacting one of our community partners below, who can also help you with a wider range of cost of living support. You cannot apply directly to the council. If you received a payment under the previous round of this fund, which closed in March 2024, you can now reapply by simply contacting the community partner which put you forward before.

This latest round of funding remains open until 30 September 2024, or until the money is fully distributed, with payments made to eligible residents on a first-come-first-served basis.

Our community partners

  • Citizens Advice East Berkshire
  • Abri Housing Association
  • Housing Solutions
  • Council Housing Service
  • Age Concern Windsor
  • Windsor, Ascot and Maidenhead Social Prescribing Service for the Primary Care Networks
  • West Windsor Hub
  • The Baby Bank
  • Maidenhead Foodshare
  • Windsor Food Share
  • Maidenhead United FC Community Trust
  • Optalis
  • Achieving for Children
  • Maidenhead Mosque
  • Elizabeth House Cookham
  • Council Financial Inclusion Team
  • The Wraysbury Hub
  • K Community Foundation

Contact details for our community partners can be found here.