Financial Inclusion

Financial Inclusion and Poverty Research

The work on Financial Inclusion in Leeds City Council started in 2003 with a major research study into financial exclusion. The team works on research and evidence led initiatives around tackling high cost lending, reducing debt levels and increasing financial resilience of the poorest citizens and communities in the city, and problem gambling.  To access research studies undertaken by or commissioned by the Financial Inclusion Team please visit

The Leeds Poverty Fact Book

This provides data and information to help understand the different levels of poverty in Leeds. The Poverty Fact Book has been developed in order to understand and document the levels of poverty in Leeds; inform policies and assist in the City’s anti-poverty agenda.  It contains national and locally sourced data and information to help define and analyse the different themes of poverty.  Themes within the Fact Book include the numbers of people in income poverty, in-work poverty, those earning less than the living wage, people in fuel poverty, food poverty, debt, those affected by welfare benefit changes, and much more. The latest version can be accessed here: Fact Book.pdf 

Problem Gambling Research in Leeds

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. To down load the research click here: Gambling Report.pdf