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NHS Healthcare Travel Costs Scheme (HTCS)

If you are referred to hospital or other NHS premises for specialist NHS treatment or diagnostic tests by a doctor, dentist or another primary care health professional, you may be able to claim a refund of reasonable travel costs under the Healthcare Travel Costs Scheme…

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),…

Hot Weather Alert - information page

During the summer, temperatures are likely to rise to levels that increase the risk of ill health among vulnerable people, particularly older people and young children, those with long term conditions, people with breathing conditions such as asthma or COPD may be more affected when there are…

Help with heating costs

If you struggle to keep warm in winter you may be eligible for benefits, discounts and/or energy efficiency improvements to help with heating costs. Click here for further information about help with heating costs. You can also contact some of the local organisations who can…

Money matters - practical help for residents struggling with their finances

Money Matters is a touchdown website for any residents of Reading who are struggling with their finances, from difficulties in paying their rent to putting food on the table. This website will help them to find the right advice and support they need: Money, advice…

Learning Disabilities information page: Day Services and List of local Day Activities

There is a wide range of day opportunities offered across the borough for people with learnign disabilities.  The services offered aim to make sure that people with learning disabilities have the support they need to: stay healthy and well be as independent as possible and…

Autism Support

Talkback supports people with autism and learning disabilities to build self esteem, onfidence and have more say and control over their own lives. http://www.talkback-uk.com/where-wework/reading For more information email us at talkback@talkback-uk.com or call 01494 434448   Page last reviewed: August 2021

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…

Drug and Alcohol Support

There are a number of organisations offering support to people who misuse drugs and/or alcohol and those who are affected by this addiction. Click here for further information about local drug and alcohol services. Click on the services listed on this page to find out about…