About Citizens Advice Leeds
Our vision and purpose
Citizens Advice Leeds is working for a fairer society where people are free from the effects of poverty and injustice.
Through our work we bring about changes for individuals, families and communities:
- We help people on low incomes to achieve better living conditions through increased income, better housing and improved health and wellbeing.
- We help people to fight back against discrimination, abuse and illegal and unfair practices.
- We make connections between individual situations and collective injustice and use our evidence to campaign for policy solutions locally and nationally.
Our work is underpinned by our commitments to:
- Valuing equality, diversity and inclusion in all aspects of our work.
- Providing advice services that are free to clients and independent of political, religious or other external influences.
- Good governance and robust performance management and financial planning.
- Developing our people and offering opportunities to build a career in the advice sector.
- Encouraging innovation, resourcefulness and collaboration within our organisation and externally.
Citizens Advice Leeds helps over 30,000 people a year to resolve financial, housing, employment and other legal problems. All our advice is provided free of charge to service users and we provide access to free interpreting to those who require it.
Since 2015 we have greatly expanded our telephone service which currently answers over 20,000 calls a year, and in addition to our face-to-face services we offer advice by email and webchat. Our advice services include:
- Welfare rights advice and casework.
- Universal Credit advice and support (part of the national Help to Claim service).
- Debt advice and casework (part of the national Money and Pensions debt advice service).
- Outreach services for:
- People experiencing mental health problems;
- Patients of primary care services;
- Survivors of traumatic injury (delivered in partnership with the Day One charity).
- A project combating fuel poverty through free advice (delivered in partnership with Northern Powergrid and West Yorkshire citizens advice offices).
- Advice on housing, employment and other legal problems.
- Pensions guidance for over-50’s (part of the national Pension Wise service).
- We are a Hate Crime Reporting Centre.
Through the Leeds Advice Service we work with our partners Chapeltown Citizens Advice and Better Leeds Communities in making advice accessible to local communities:
- Face-to-face advice services in Chapeltown, including immigration advice.
- Advice services for families with young children
- Housing advice.
Part of a national network
Citizens Advice Leeds is a member of the national Citizens Advice network which includes around 270 local Citizens Advice services in England and Wales. Citizens Advice monitors and audits the work of local offices to ensure that exacting standards for quality of advice and organisation management are met.
By working as part of a national network we’re able to bring more resources for advice into Leeds, through national funding streams and national resources like the Citizens Advice advice pages.