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“Just wanted to say a big thank you to Leeds Credit Union for helping me sort out my finances. I feel like a weight has been lifted off my shoulders."

"Citizens Advice Leeds were so helpful and have taken away all my stress. Everyone that I spoke with was very helpful. If it wasn’t for them, I would have nothing, it’s really nice to know that there is help out there."

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Making savings and reducing bills

There are many ways of reducing your living costs, from smarter shopping and insulating your home to reducing energy costs and reviewing what you pay for gas and electricity. Utility costs continue to rise, and the following utility providers and advice agencies have services which could support you.

Tenant Content Insurance Scheme
Leeds City Council operate a Tenant Content Insurance Scheme in conjunction with Royal Sun Alliance. This offers low cost, zero-contract and zero-excess insurance to Leeds City Council tenants. LCC operate the front end administration of the scheme (collection of premiums, setting up and cancelling policies, operating the renewal) whilst the actual insurance is provided by RSA and claims are dealt with separately as well.

It is offered to all of LCC tenants and offers quite a lot of benefits – particularly the zero excess is a unique selling point. More information is available here.

Small changes, Big Savings Resource Pack
This pack is designed to assist frontline workers to deliver budgeting workshops to groups or to work with individuals in the community. It contains session plans, handouts and activities, posters and evaluations. It also gives information on how to apply for funding for room hire, crèche or resources. A pull up advertising banner advertising the sessions is available free from the Public Health Resource Centre. The pack can be found in the Related documents section of this page.

Better Homes Yorkshire has funding available until the end of March to provide full heating systems and gas connections for residents in fuel poverty without central heating. Funding is also available for fuel poor residents for things such as cavity wall and loft insulation. To find out more about the latest offers and most current government funding available, visit the website using the link above or call 0800 597 1500 / 0113 897 0977 and speak to an energy expert.

Council Tax - if you have problems paying your Council Tax or any other debt you owe to the Council the best and quickest way for them to help is over the phone, please call: 0113 376 0364 or alternatively email: ctax.recovery@leeds.gov.uk

Emmaus Leeds - provide low cost furniture, electrical items, household goods and toys. Tel: 0113 248 4288.

Energy saving - for tips on energy saving and how to reduce your bills. Tel: 0300 123 1234.

Homeheat – advice and benefits for older people – 0800 33 66 99 – Further information can be found in the Documents section on this page.

Leeds City Council Housing Options - A service for people who are homeless, threatened with homelessness or in some form of housing need. You can visit them at Housing Options 1st Floor, 2 Great George Street Leeds LS2 8BA or call: 0113 222 4412 or email: housing.options@leeds.gov.uk

Revive Leeds (The Re-use Shop) - Seacroft Recycling Site – provide low cost furniture. Tel: 0113 273 1791

Safe Haven – Furniture Charity Shop - Tel: 0113 345 1218.

Seagulls Re-use - provide low cost, quality paint. Tel: 0113 246 7510.

Shelter - helps people understand their housing rights and options. Tel: 0300 330 1234.

SLATE – low cost furniture. Tel: 0113 270 4005.

St Judes / St Vincent de Paul - Shops at Armley, York Road, Butcher Hill, Lidgett Lane, Lincoln Green, Middleton, Moortown, Seacroft and Tinshill. Tel: 0113 245 0800.

Sydney Bridge - Tel: 0113 217 5388.

TV Licensing – various payment methods and frequencies. Find out if you’re eligible for blind/severely sight impaired and over-75s concessions.​

Utility trust funds are available – customers are able to apply via their customer debt programme. Further information is available by clicking the bold title.

Warmth for wellbeing service encompasses home visits by the ‘Green Doctor Team’ providing energy and fuel bill advice as well as heating improvements for private sector residents who suffer from a cold related illness.

WaterSure- The WaterSure scheme is available for certain customers with a water meter. It allows them to have their bills capped. This is to make sure that these customers don’t cut back on how much water they use because they are worried about how they will pay their bill.

Yorkshire Water - offers various payment options to help with your water bill. They have also established an independent registered charity called the Community Trust to help people in cases of extreme financial hardship. Tel: 0845 124 2426.​​​​​​​​​​​​