Pages in Cost of living

  1. 1. You are here: How we can help you
  2. 2. Help with food
  3. 3. Help with energy bills
  4. 4. Paying your Council Tax
  5. 5. Money and debt advice
  6. 6. Paying your rent or mortgage
  7. 7. Welfare support

1. How we can help you

We know that more and more people in the borough are facing financial challenges with rising household bills and inflation. We want to help you access the support you’re entitled to and find the advice available. Council support includes:

Warm hubs

Our three community centres in Banstead, Horley and Woodhatch (Reigate) are operating as warm hubs, Monday to Friday, 9am to 4pm. The centres also offer a warm and welcoming environment to meet friends and access local services.

­­­­­­Food help

Our Community Development team works closely with the borough’s food clubs and community fridges and some are hosted by our community centres.

Money Support service

Our Money Support service can offer tailored support for up to 12 weeks to help you budget and become more confident at managing your money. The team has also shared some tips on How to budget and save money.

Distributing the Household Support Fund

The government’s Household Support Fund, introduced in September 2021, is distributed by councils in England. The fund aims to directly support vulnerable households with meeting daily needs, such as food, clothing and utilities. We are awaiting confirmation of the amount that will be passed to us to distribute up to March 2023 and further information will be available soon.

The Mayor’s Trust Fund

The Mayor’s Trust Fund is a hardship fund designed to support residents of Reigate & Banstead who are experiencing particularly acute financial hardship. The Fund can support one off costs up to £500 (or in exceptional circumstances up to £750) that are putting extra financial pressure on a resident. Applications must be made on behalf of a resident by a council officer or trusted third party.

Support for business

Sign up to the business e-bulletin to keep up to date with the latest news and advice.

For more information about financial support for businesses visit:

Other support

We’re also working with residents third sector organisations and others to find new ways to help people through these difficult times.