Support available in the borough for paying bills.

Energy rebate

To help with the rising cost of energy bills, the government announced that eligible households will receive a one-off £150 energy rebate payment which won't have to be repaid.

We have also designed a discretionary energy rebate, which extends this payment to thousands more households.

Reduce your energy usage

Find out more about how to reduce your energy usage and bills.

Not sure what bills to pay first?

The MoneyHelper Bill Prioritiser can help you put your bills in the right order and tell you what to do if you are struggling to pay.

Fuel grants

Wandsworth residents can apply for Crisis Assistance for food and fuel.

Cost of Living Support for pensioners

A £130 one-off payment to pensioners in receipt of Council Tax reduction, you do not need to apply for Cost of Living Support for pensioners. Payments will be made direct to your bank, or you will be supplied with a voucher.

Winter Fuel Payments

In the winter months pensioners can get between £100 and £300 to help pay heating bills. This winter, they can also receive an extra one-off £300 Pensioner Cost of Living Payment, which will be paid as an automatic top-up to the Winter Fuel Payment.

Find out more about the Winter Fuel Payment (GOV.UK).

Warm Home Discount Scheme

You could get £140 off your electricity bill for winter. The money is not paid to you - it's a one-off discount on your electricity bill, between October and March.

You may be able to get the discount on your gas bill instead if your supplier provides you with both gas and electricity. Contact your supplier to find out.

The discount will not affect your Cold Weather Payment or Winter Fuel Payment.

The 2021/22 scheme is now closed. The 2022/23 scheme is expected to open in October 2022.

Find out more about the Warm Home Discount Scheme (GOV.UK).

Cold Weather Payment

If you’re getting certain benefits or Support for Mortgage Interest, you may be able to get a Cold Weather Payment if the average temperature in your area is recorded as, or forecast to be, 0OC or below over seven consecutive days. Next year's scheme will start on 1 November 2022. Cold Weather Payments are different to Winter Fuel Payments.

Find out more about the Cold Weather Payment (GOV.UK).

Energy Bills Support Scheme

All households with a domestic electricity connection in Great Britain are eligible for a £400 non-repayable discount to eligible households to help with energy bills from October. There is no need to apply for the discount. Energy suppliers will deliver this support to GB households with a domestic electricity connection over six months from October 2022.

Find out more about the Energy Bills Support Scheme (GOV.UK).

Energy supplier grants

If you are in debt to your energy supplier, you might be able to get a grant to help pay it off.

The following energy suppliers offer grants to their customers:

Thames Water

Thames Water has designed WaterSure and WaterHelp schemes to reduce the cost to households in need of extra support. This includes low-income households, households with large families and those who have a water-dependent medical condition.

Rent and Council Tax

If you're on a low income you may be able to get help with paying your rent and your Council Tax. You may also be eligible for Housing Benefit or a Discretionary Housing Payment to help with housing costs.  

Local Assistance Scheme

For residents who receive welfare benefits who are subject to serious hardship, the Crisis Assistance scheme can help with the purchase of food and fuel and a Community Care Grant can help with the purchase of furniture and white goods.

Benefits calculators

Find out what benefits you could be entitled to.

TV Licence

TV licenses are free if you're aged 74 or over and you or your partner are in receipt of Pension Credit. Find out more about free TV Licensing.

School uniform

If you are in receipt of free school meals and your child is moving into reception or year 7 in September 2022, you are entitled to help towards the cost of a school uniform.

Help with transport

We are working with cycle hire companies to provide low cost bicycle, e-bike, cargo bike and e-cargo bike options, including a Try Before You Bike scheme where you can see for free if cycling is for you. Visit our Cycling page for details.

There are also a range of car clubs in the borough that can save you the costs of owning or using your own car.

If you are unemployed and receiving Universal Credit or Jobseekers Allowance, you may be eligible for a travel discount.

Vet bills

Vet bills can be very high, but there are schemes that can help.  The RSPCA has advice on how you can get support to cut costs.  

Free COVID tests

Frontline workers in Wandsworth can claim free COVID-19 lateral flow tests, which are available from some borough libraries.