Money

Income support available in the borough.

Benefits

It’s important to make sure you get all the help you are entitled to. You may be able to claim benefits and tax credits if you are working or unemployed, sick or disabled, a parent, a young person, an older person or a veteran.

Universal Credit

Universal credit is a single payment benefit, which replaces a number of previous benefits. It is designed to help people on low-incomes or out of work with their living costs.

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.

Cost of Living Payments

If you receive benefits or tax credits you could be eligible for additional payments from the government.

Find out more about Cost of Living Payments (GOV.UK).

Pension Credit

Pension Credit gives you extra money to help with your living costs if you’re over State Pension age and on a low income. Pension Credit can also help with housing costs such as ground rent or service charges. You might get extra help if you’re a carer, severely disabled, or responsible for a child or young person.

Pension Credit is separate from your State Pension. You can get Pension Credit even if you have other income, savings or own your own home.

Use the Pension Credit calculator (GOV.UK) to find out if you are eligible and how much you could get.

Crisis assistance

Crisis payments are awarded to cover short-term needs which prevent serious risk to the health and safety of a person or their family. The payments are intended to meet one-off needs rather than on-going expenses.

Crisis Assistance provides support by way of supermarket vouchers that can be used for groceries and fuel vouchers for pre-payment meters.

This support can be in the form of:

  • Supermarket vouchers that can be used for groceries
  • Fuel vouchers for pre-payment meters

Find out more and apply for Crisis assistance.

Support and advice

Organisations in the borough that can provide income advice.

Citizens Advice Wandsworth

Citizens Advice Wandsworth provide specialist advice on a range of issues such as claiming benefits, employment issues, housing, immigration, debt, tax, advice for EU citizens etc.

Website: Citizens Advice Wandsworth

Age UK Wandsworth

Age UK Wandsworth provide specialist welfare benefits and financial support service for older people; advising them on the types of benefits and grants available to them, support to fill out the applications and making applications on their behalf if necessary. Home visits are offered, if needed.

Crosslight Advice

Crosslight Advice can provide specialist, holistic advice for those struggling with debt or money issues.

SW London Law Centres

SWL Law Centres offer free and independent legal advice on issues including debt

Useful money tools

View other useful online tools:

Community and voluntary sector grants

Grants are available to community and voluntary groups in the borough. We have a number of different funds which the sector can make applications to.