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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 www.reading.gov.uk/homeimprovementgrants or call the Council’s Private Sector Housing Team on 0118 937 2562. Home…

Getting a break from caring

Regular breaks from caring can benefit both you and the person you care for. The right kind of break, at the right time, can help people who are ill, frail or disabled to carry on living with friends or family in their own communities. The person you care for may…

Carers grants, discounts and offers

TuVIDA Carers Hub provides a range of grants to support carers who look after an adult or disabled child. Click here for further information about carers grants, discounts and offers. Page last reviewed: 29/09/2020

Advocacy for vulnerable adults

Independent Advocacy If someone has substantial difficulty in taking part in an assessment, and has no one suitable to support them, social services can find them an independent advocate. An advocate is someone who can support the person to understand the process, make choices and…

Deputy's Office (Reading Borough Council)

The Deputy's Office manages the finances of social care clients who are unable to do so themselves. Clients, who are already getting services from Adult Social Care Services, are referred to the Deputy's Office when they are deemed to have lost the mental capacity to…

Carer's Allowance

Carer’s Allowance is the main benefit for carers. If you are looking after someone for 35 hours a week or more, you may be eligible. The carer does not have to be related to, or live with, the person they care for.  https://www.gov.uk/carers-allowance A carer can claim…

Using public transport with a disability

All public transport vehicles have to be "accessible" to avoid causing difficulty for disabled passengers. Public transport vehicles also have to accept guide dogs or assistance dogs. However, if you are using public transport, it’s worth contacting the transport operator before you travel to make…

Vehicle road tax exemption and reduction

If you’re disabled or have a serious long-term condition, you may be exempt from vehicle excise duty (known as road tax or car tax).  You’ll qualify for tax exemption if you’re eligible for the higher rate of mobility component of the Disability Living Allowance (DLA),…

Planning for your future care needs

There may be times in your life when you think about the consequences of becoming seriously ill or disabled.  This may be at a time of ill health or as a result of a life-changing event. It may simply be because you are the sort…

Support for young carers

If you are between 5 and 18 years and you spend a lot more time looking after a family member or carrying out household chores than other children/young people your age because a parent, brother, sister, grandparent or other relative is ill, disabled, has a…