This page has details of support available from the London Borough of Harrow, the Government, companies and charities.
Below you will find information to help with:
- Gas, electricity and water
- Children and young people
- Council Tax
- Debt advice
- Training and employment
- Mental health and wellbeing
Check your benefit entitlement
Find out if you are entitled to receive any benefits from either the government or the council by using our benefits calculator.
After you have entered your details, the calculator will tell you how to claim any benefits you are not already receiving.
It will also work out the amount you should receive, so that you can check if you should be receiving a different rate.
Household Support Fund
The Council's Household Support Fund may be able to help through:
- Help Harrow: Access to food supplies as well as advice on energy, health, wellbeing and benefits
- Application Scheme: One-off payments that qualifying households can apply for
- Vouchers for Low-income Households: The council will contact eligible households who will be sent a voucher
- Free School Meals during the Holidays: Vouchers will be given to vulnerable households
If you receive benefits, you may automatically get Cost of Living Support Payments from the Department of Work and Pensions.
Energy Advice for London
Energy Advice for London provides Londoners with free, impartial and tailored energy advice. It is funded by the Mayor of London and delivered by Energy Saving Trust.
Winter fuel payments
If you were born on or before 25 September 1956 you could get between £250 and £600 to help you pay your heating bills. For more details see Winter Fuel Payment.
You may qualify for a lower water tariff if you are:
- in receipt of certain benefits or have a household income below £16,480
- have a water meter and consume more water due to having a large family or medical condition
Harrow Community Hubs are run by local charities and community organisations. They provide a welcoming space for Harrow residents to meet and get involved in activities.
View our tips for all residents on Energy Saving Advice.
Further information is also available from the Energy Saving Trust.
Seasonal Health Intervention Network (SHINE)
The London Borough of Harrow has teamed up with SHINE, the Seasonal Health Intervention Network. SHINE is a fuel poverty referral network. It provides free energy advice service for Londoners who are over 60, on a low income, have a disability or long term illness, or have children.
For further details visit Shine-London.org.uk
If you are struggling with the cost of housing check whether you're receiving the correct amount of benefits using the Entitlement Calculator. Then if you are still struggling to pay your rent you may be able to apply for a Discretionary Housing Payment.
If you think are are going to become homeless, please read our information on What to do if you think you will be homeless.
For help with mortgage payments see Mortgage arrears advice
We have put together a List of local foodbanks.
Help Harrow provides residents with access to food supplies, energy, health, wellbeing and benefits. Help Harrow allows residents in need of food to make food requests online.
This winter, Help Harrow will also be opening ‘Warm hubs’ across the borough. Help Harrow will also distribute ‘Winter Warmth Packs’ to residents who may be struggling with their energy bills. The packs contain:
More information will be added to this webpage soon. To find out more visit HelpHarrow.org
Free school meals
If you have a child aged between 5 and 18 attending a school in Harrow, find out if you qualify for Free School Meals.
Healthy Start Card
You may be entitled to money for healthy food and milk. To qualify you'll need to be over 10 weeks pregnant, or have a child under 4.
Young Harrow Foundation
A service particularly aimed at families or carers that have children and young people in their household. To find support visit YoungHarrowFoundation.org
Help with paying for childcare
A number of support schemes are available depending on the age and needs of your child, and your income. For details see Childcare and Early Years.
School uniforms and PE kits
If your child attends a school in Harrow and you'd like to apply for a school clothing grant, you'll need to contact the school directly. For more information on how to do this see Help with the cost of school clothing.
School travel grants
Follow the links below to find out about:
- Travel grants for children aged 8 to 16 attending a school outside of Harrow
- Travel grants for students aged 16 to 19 attending a school at least 3 miles from home
If you are on a low income you may be entitled to Council Tax Support. Find out by using the Entitlement calculator.
You should also check if you qualify for any discounts or exemptions. Qualifying depends on whether residents in your household meet certain criteria. For a full list see Council Tax discounts and exemptions.
We have put together a list of organisations that offer Debt advice and financial support
Xcite is a free training and employment programme for people in Harrow. We provide a full range of support to help Harrow residents back into work.
You can find wellbeing tips and a list of mental health support services on our Mental Health and Wellbeing page.
You can find free activities to support your wellbeing at: