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Due to the rapidly changing COVID-19 situation, some of the organisations listed on here are still in the process of posting service updates. Many phone lines and websites are still available, but some contact details have changed. Try the organisation's own website if you're having difficulty getting through.

If you have any queries, please email us at or

Housing grants and loans

The Council offers a variety of grants for people on low incomes to help ensure homes in Reading meet the decent homes standard.

For details of all grants and loans visit

or call the Council’s Private Sector Housing Team on 0118 937 2562.

Home Fire Safety Checks

Royal Berkshire Fire and Rescue Service is offering FREE home fire safety checks which can significantly reduce the risk of a fire starting in the home to anyone:

  • who is over 65 years of age
  • who has mobility issues
  • who receives support from social services or other care agencies
  • who has any sight or hearing impairment
  • who receives oxygen treatment at home


Freephone: 0800 587 6679

Page last reviewed: 30/07/2020