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Finance and Cost of Living Advice

The cost of living crisis is placing additional burdens on everyone. Below are some financial wellbeing resources including local support and initiatives that colleagues may find useful and may be able to access.

As a reminder debt and financial advice is an area that is covered by Employee Assistance Programme (EAP), which is a confidential support run by CiC.

General Support links:

Debt Information from CIC

CiC - Mental health and cost of living pressures

CiC EAP -Legal Financial Services

CiC Money Pressures and Mental Health WO


Mercer - Financial Tool Guide

Mercer - Financial Wellbeing

Education Support: financial support to teachers & education staff

Education Support: Guides, articles and videos on finances for teachers and education staff

MoneySavingExpert - Household Bills

Which? - Best ways to save money

Thames Water, Water Help Scheme

The Money Charity - Financial Wellbeing + Financial Education 


Local Council Support pages:

Please find below a list of the nearby council support pages which offer local support including help with energy bills, food and essentials (food banks), managing money, benefits available, council tax support, and support with your mental health and wellbeing:

Reading Borough Council

Bracknell Forrest Council

Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead

Wokingham Borough Council

West Berkshire Council

Slough Council


Government Support page:

Cost of living support 

Gov website - Money Helper

Gov website - Help for Households


Local support pages:

Citizens Advice Wokingham, cost of living support - Cost of Living support – Citizens Advice Wokingham.

Citizen Advice Reading - Citizens Advice Reading (, have a free service open to everyone in the community.