Income support available in the borough.
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 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.
Discretionary Housing Payment
If you are on certain benefits you may be eligible for Discretionary Housing Payments which provide financial support to help with rent or housing costs.
Find out more about Discretionary Housing Payments (GOV.UK).
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 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.
In January 2023, we wrote to residents who we deemed eligible for pension credits, but may not be claiming. View how to claim Pension Credit.
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
- Online benefits calculator
- Telephone: 080 8278 7833 (Monday to Friday 10am to 4pm)
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.
- Website: Age UK Wandsworth
- Telephone: 020 8877 8940
Crosslight helps people with debt or money worries, including free face-to-face advice, money education and budgeting support.
- Website: Crosslight Advice
- Telephone: 020 7052 0318
SW London Law Centres
SWL Law Centres offer free and independent legal advice on issues including debt
- Website: South West London Law Centres
- Telephone: 020 8877 8940
Credit Unions offer loans and savings options to their members. The following Credit Unions are open to anyone living or working in Wandsworth:
Useful money tools
View other useful online tools:
- Free benefit calculator (entitledto)
- Free Money Health Check (MoneyHelper)
- Free Debt advice (MoneyHelper)
- Free Grant search (Turn2us)
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.
Contact the hub
You can contact our Cost of Living Hub to get information and advice on the cost of living crisis, including where to get help about:
- Financial benefits
- Family and child care costs
- Finding your nearest warm Space
You can call the hub for free on 0808 175 3339 between 9am and 5pm, Monday to Friday.