Money and welfare
Advice and support for individuals and families and those who are struggling to cope or facing short term crises
- Emergency food
If you can't afford to buy enough food, you may be able to get some short term help from your local food bank.
You will need a voucher to use a food bank. To find out where you can get a voucher, contact your local food bank or phone Hampshire Local Welfare Assistance on 0300 330 1150.
Local food banks:
- Basingstoke Food Bank
- Eastleigh Basics Bank
- Alton Food Bank
- Fareham and Gosport Basics Bank
- Hart Food Bank
- New Forest Basics Bank
- Farnborough Food Bank
- Andover Food Bank
- Winchester Basics Bank
The Smart Living website has tips and ideas for making the most of the food you have and avoiding waste.
- Get Help with tax from GOV.UKTax Help for Older People is a service from the charity Tax Volunteers providing free, independent and expert help and advice for older people on lower incomes who cannot afford to pay for professional tax advice.
- Debt and money
The organisations below offer free, impartial advice on debt and budgeting:
- Citizens Advice - debt and money advice - budgeting, debt and general financial advice
- Money Advice Service - advice and tools to help improve your finances
- Income Max - help to maximise income and improve finances
- Step Change - advice on problem debt
- Pay Plan - advice, guidance and support for anyone struggling with debt
- National Debtline - confidential debt advice
- Business Debtline - debt help for self-employed and small businesses
- Christians Against Poverty - debt counselling for anyone, regardless of faith
- Short term grants and advances
The Department for Work and Pensions provides grants and short term advances for people who already claim benefits, such as
You can check you are receiving the right benefits:
- Free school meals and school uniform grants
All children in Key Stage 1 are entitled to Universal Free School Meals.
If you are in receipt of certain benefits and have children who attend school, they may be eligible for free school meals from Key Stage 2 onwards and/or help with uniform costs.
- Housing advice
Your local authority will be able to give you general advice about housing, housing benefits and homelessness.
If you are having problems paying your rent, talk to your landlord as soon as possible.
Keeping your home warm
If you claim benefits, you may be able to claim discounts or grants to help heat your home.
More about keeping warm in winter.
There are a number of services which provide affordable, good quality second hand furniture for members of the public. If you are in receipt of certain benefits you may qualify for a discount. To see what is available in your area visit one of the services below:
Havant and Gosport
Winchester and Eastleigh
- Financial help from charities
Some charities provide financial help such as subsidised care in a care home, or help with care fees. Often these charities are concerned with particular groups such as nurses or ex-service people.
- Further help
If you still have questions, phone Hampshire Local Welfare Assistance and Advice on 0300 330 1150.