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Financial inclusion project

Since early in 2003 Leeds has been developing a strategy to tackle financial exclusion in the city and put in place mechanisms to assist people and provide an alternative to high interest doorstep lenders and loan sharks. 

Leeds City Council was awarded beacon status under the theme ‘promoting financial inclusion and tackling over indebtedness’. Beacon status is granted to those councils that demonstrate a clear vision, excellent services and a willingness to innovate within a specific theme. Selected beacon authorities are urged to use their expertise to help other authorities improve.

The following research is available using the links below:

Research 2004: Extent and nature of financial inclusion in Leeds

Research 2009: Economic impact of initiatives

Research 2010: Financial exclusion since 2004

Improving public health through income maximisation
Health and income maximisation: best practice model for commissioning money advice services

Gambling Related Harm - Supporting those at risk
In April 2016 Leeds City Council commissioned Leeds Beckett University to undertake research into the extent of problem gambling in Leeds and to better understand the current support systems that are in place to assist those affected. This research is now being used to improve the support available to those affected by gambling related harm and increase awareness of the issue. Please see the Executive Report (PDF 256KB) and Problem Gambling report (PDF 3.59MB) for details. For further information on the support available please go to​. You can view the speaker presentations in the Problem gambling - speaker presentation document (PDF 5MB).

The following PDFs are available from the Documents section of this page:

  • Help with managing your money – provides a guide for anyone seeking details about the various agencies working in Leeds who provide affordable credit, benefit advice and debt advice;
  • Details of financial inclusion initiatives being undertaken by the project steering group;
  • Terms of reference and minutes;
  • Leeds City Credit Union; and
  • Work of the Loan Shark Team in Leeds 
  • Get online booklet
  • 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 Poverty Fact Book has been developed in order to understand the levels of poverty in Leeds; inform policies and assist in the City’s anti-poverty agenda. The resource is a collection of national and locally sourced data and information to help define and analyse the different themes of poverty and its impacts in Leeds. Most of the data discussed is at the Leeds district level. The book includes a glossary of terms and definitions and a referenced list of all data sources, where to access them and whether the data can be drilled down below the Leeds district level. It will be updated as and when new data is available. 

If you need any further advice or infomation, please contact our Financial Inclusion team.​​

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