Money & Benefits

Turn2Us – a searchable site that helps people find the money available to them through welfare benefits, grants and other help. 

This free website has been designed to help find appropriate sources of financial support based on your particular needs and circumstances but does not list all charities that will assist you.

NHS Credit Crunch Stressline – 0300 123 2000
8am-10pm, seven days a week

Citizens Advice

Leeds CAB offers advice on a wide range of subjects and is open to everyone living or working in the Leeds Metropolitan District. The main subjects we can advise on are: Benefits & Tax Credits; Debt; Housing; Employment rights. We can also help with many other subjects including fuel bills, discrimination, tax, legal matters and more. To see an adviser at the City Centre Bureau you will have to call in during our drop-in opening hours, where we will provide you with a short (5 to 10 minute) assessment looking at how you can best get help with your enquiry.

Information on where and when Citizens advice is open is available here;

Telephone information service – 0844 477 4788 (minicom: 0113 281 6749). 

Or alternatively, advice online can be found here;


Bankruptcy is one way of dealing with debts you can’t pay. Your assets can be used to pay your creditors (people you owe money to). You are subject to certain restrictions and discharged (freed) from your debts after a period of time.

A guide to bankruptcy by the government and how to apply can be found here;

Consumer Credit Counselling Service (CCCS)

The CCCS provides free and confidential counselling on debt problems – including personal budgeting and credit advice.

0800 138 1111

Monday to Friday 8.00 am to 8.00 pm

Leeds City Credit Union

Leeds City Credit Union is an organisation that provides straightforward, affordable financial services to anyone who lives or works in the Leeds Metropolitan area. Members of LCCU make regular payments into a range of savings accounts – this fund then provides the basis for preferential rate loans.

0113 242 3343

Leeds City Credit Union Ltd.
Westminster Building,
31 New York St, 

The Welfare Rights Unit

The Welfare Rights Unit is part of Leeds City Council’s Customer Services Team. We offer free, confidential and impartial advice and support on a whole range of welfare benefits.

Tel: 0113 3760452 or by e-mail on

Our office hours are Monday to Wednesday 9am – 4.30pm, Thursday 9am – 3.30pm, Friday 9am to 4pm.

Leeds Money Buddies

Money Buddies are volunteer money friends that will work with you to help you save money, maximise your income, develop budgets and financial statements, negotiate with people you owe money to, help you switch utility suppliers, apply for grants such as Yorkshire Water Community Trust, Charis Grants and Discretionary Housing Payments, explain what an illegal loan shark is, help you to report an illegal loan shark, help you apply for Credit Union accounts. on-line and will look at other ways of saving money with you.