Need money or debt advice?

If you are worried about money or debt, it can seem very confusing where to turn for help. Many people take out a short term loan as it can seem like the only solution at the time. However, there are many independent agencies across Leeds providing free and confidential advice.

This page contains details of all local and nation organisations offering free advice and support on debt, money and benefits. There are also details organisations which can assist anyone experiencing gambling related harm, domestic violence and financial abuse.

Support for Gambling Related Harm

Worried you or someone you know is taking gambling too far?

Problem gambling can affect anyone at any time - we know here in Leeds around 40,000 people are either problem gamblers or are at risk of developing a problem. The ‘Beat The Odds’ campaign aims to raise awareness of the support services available if gambling is having an impact on your life.

Know the signs:

  • Are you spending more money and time on gambling than you can afford to?
  • Are you finding it hard to manage or stop your gambling?
  • Are your gambling habits causing arguments with your friends and family?
  • Are you losing interest in usual activities and hobbies?
  • Is gambling constantly on your mind?
  • Do you find yourself lying about your gambling or hiding it from other people?
  • Do you chase your losses or place a bet to get out of financial trouble?
  • Are you gambling until all of your money is gone?
  • Do you borrow money, sell your possessions or don’t pay your bills due to your gambling?
  • Do you find yourself gambling larger amounts of money or for a longer time to get the same buzz?
  • Do you neglect work, school or family because of gambling?
  • Do you often feel anxious, worried, guilty, depressed or irritable?

If any of these sound familiar, take the first step to getting support by calling the National Gambling Helpline on 0808 8020 133 or visiting www.begambleaware.org or by getting in touch with NECA.

NECA offers free confidential counselling, advice and information service to anyone aged 16 years and over, including comprehensive assessment, brief interventions, structured one to one counselling, group work and support for family members or others affected by the consequences of gambling.

To book an appointment with NECA’s Leeds based counsellor please call 0191 4146446


Local agencies

Better Leeds Communities Advice Service – offers free advice for anyone living in Leeds including help with debt as well as benefits, housing and fuel poverty. Call 0113 275 3498 to speak to an advisor or to arrange a face-to-face appointment.

Chapeltown Citizens Advice​ provides free, confidential and independent advice on a wide range of subjects including debt and your legal rights. Call 0113 223 4400 or for self-help visit www.adviceguide.org.uk

Citizens Advice Leeds  Provides free, independent and confidential advice and information on a wide range of subjects including benefits, debt, employment and housing.

  •  Appointments are available at venues across Leeds. 
  •  Debt Advisers are available for telephone & face to face advice. 
  •  Pensions guidance appointments are available across Leeds and Bradford - 0113 281 6738.

For more information telephone or call in Monday to Friday, 9am to 4pm, or check out the website any time. Leeds Adviceline: 0113 223 4400 www.citizensadviceleeds.org.uk,Citizens Advice Leeds, 31 New York Street, Leeds LS2 7DT.

Ebor Gardens Advice Centre - a local charity based in Burmantofts gives free, confidential and impartial advice in relation to debt. If you are facing eviction, bailiffs at your door, door step collectors, County Court Judgements or just not managing to pay your debts then they can represent you, advise you on your rights and provide a casework service where they negotiate a realistic repayment program for you.

They also have a team of volunteers known as Leeds Money Buddies - which provide one-to one help. They can help you follow the debt advice you've been given, work on your budget, input information on to a computer, print letters off for your creditors, maximise your income, and fill out forms to apply for grants. Money Buddies can also look online for you to find the cheapest gas/electric supplier and will chat about the most up-to-date ways on how to save money. Call them on 0113 235 0276.

Feel Good Factor Leeds - free help and advice on benefits and welfare reform. The team also run 'Money Matters' courses which can help you manage your personal budget and find ways to save some money. Tel: 0113 350 4200

Gipsil (Gipton Supported Independent Living) - Provide free, independent general advice on welfare benefits and housing. Support and housing is primarily to young people and young parents aged 16 to 25 across east and north east Leeds. Tel: 0113 248 1813

Leeds City Council Tenants - Free money, budgeting and benefit advice (including form completion) available at local offices. For an appointment please call into your local office or telephone a Housing Officer direct on the telephone numbers listed in our Citywide Housing Surgeries document (PDF 159KB).

Leeds Domestic Violence Service (LDVS) works with all communities in Leeds and supports anyone who may have experienced or is experiencing Domestic Violence and Abuse. LDVS offer emergency accommodation, support, advice and advocacy around a range of issues. All staff are trained and committed to removing any barriers faced by marginalised people including those from LGBT+ communities in accessing support. There is a 24/7 helpline, and a range of telephone, face to face, one to one, group or drop in work. You can access services by calling 0113 246 0401 Leeds Domestic Violence Service.



Local Welfare Support Scheme - this scheme is run by Leeds City Council and supports people who require emergency assistance such as basic household goods. Tel: 0113 376 0330

St Vincents Support Centre - provides face-to-face free and confidential help for your debt, call 0113 248 4126 to make an appointment.

Welfare Rights team, Leeds City Council - gives free, confidential and impartial advice on a whole range of welfare benefits as well as help to complete claim forms and guidance and support when making appeals. If you would like to talk to a welfare rights worker you can contact us on 0113 376 0452 or by e-mail on Welfare.Rights@leeds.gov.uk.

Students

Leeds Beckett University - Student Money & Advice Centre offers support relating to student finances including loans, fees and funding, and advice on budgeting, welfare benefits and managing debt.
Website: www.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/moneyadvicewww.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/moneyadvice
Telephone: 0113 812 5593

Leeds Trinity Students' Union - provides support relating to student finances including loans, fees and funding.
Website: www.leedstrinity.ac.uk/student-life/student-financewww.leedstrinity.ac.uk/student-life/student-finance
Telephone: 0113 283 7173

Leeds University Union - gives support relating to student finances including loans, fees and funding, and advice on budgeting and managing debt.
Website: www.luu.org.uk/student-advicewww.luu.org.uk/student-advice
Telephone: 0113 380 1290

National agencies

Money Advice Service - offers advice and guides to help improve your finances as well as managing life chanegs such as starting a family or losing your job. Call 0800 138 7777 (calls are free of charge) or visit www.moneyadviceservice.org.uk

National Debt Line - provides a step by step guide to help with your debts as well as a web chat service. Visit www.nationaldebtline.org or call 0808 808 4000.

StepChange Debt Charity - free, tailored advice for problem debt and access to a debt management plan (DMP). A DMP helps you manage your debts and pay them off at an affordable rate by making reduced monthly payments. For more information freephone 0800 138 1111 or use their StepChange Debt Remedy tool, a free online debt advice service. It identifies the extent of your debt problems and provides you with a tailored recommendation to resolve your situation.