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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),…

Cancer - Support Services and Advice

What is cancer? Cancer is a generic term for a large group of diseases that can affect any part of the body. Other terms used are malignant tumours and neoplasms. One defining feature of cancer is the rapid creation of abnormal cells that grow beyond…

Care Programme Approach (CPA)

If the person you are caring for is on a Care Programme Approach (CPA) you may have additional rights to your own carer’s assessement. CPA is the name given to the process of care planning and review within the mental health service, which requires a collaborative approach between…

Substance Misuse

This advice and guidance page looks at substance abuse and the organisations that are available nationwide and locally to support individuals and families. Page reviewed April 2020.

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…

Housing

Local Council Reading Borough Council (RBC) can offer advice on housing issues contact the Housing Advice Service based at the Civic Offices. Register for RBC housing, information on housing associations, know your rights as a tenant, deposit guarantee scheme, information for landlords and much more, visit the RBC…

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…

Carer's Assessment and support

If you are the parent/carer for a disabled child, or you provide unpaid care and/or support to a Reading adult (18 years +), or if you are a young person with caring responsibilities, you may be eligible for support. To find out more, please follow…

Autism Training

Autism is a spectrum condition that affects around one in every 100 people. Children, young people and adults on the spectrum will come into contact with a range of different people and organisations in their everyday life and, depending on how their autism affects them,…