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The Citizens Advice service offers practical, up-to-date information and advice on a wide range of topics, including; debt, benefits, housing, legal, discrimination, employment, immigration, consumer and other problems.

Our advice is available to everyone regardless of race, gender, sexuality, relationship status, age, nationality, disability or religion. The service we provide is free, impartial, independent and confidential.

About us

Citizens Advice North Lancashire offers free, confidential, up to date information and advice to those living, working or studying in Morecambe, Lancaster, Heysham and the surrounding area.

Follow the links below or scroll down the  page to find out more about Citizens Advice North Lancashire.

Contact us
Opening times and other information
New advice services
Aims and principles
What to expect when you come to see us
Things to bring with you
Advice from local partner organisations (CAN Help)
Online advice
Managing your money
Latest news
Job vacancies

Volunteer with us

Interested in volunteering?

Citizens Advice North Lancashire relies on volunteers to deliver the service, which aims to provide the advice people need for the problems they face, and to improve the policies and practices that affect people’s lives. There is a rising demand from the public and extending access to the service has become a priority. The organisation recruits and trains volunteer receptionist/information assistants, gateway interviewers, advisers, administrators, social policy workers and trustees.

Click here to download our information leaflet about volunteering at Citizens Advice North Lancashire.

Click here to download our application form which you can complete and email back to us.

More about the Citizens Advice service

Support us

Because every local Citizens Advice organisation is an independent charity we rely on the support of people like you.

With a Citizens Advice organisation in the community people always have somewhere to turn in times of crisis, but the demand for our service is growing. Can you help us to help more people?

Click here to donate now

Contact us

Citizens Advice North Lancashire has offices in Morecambe and Lancaster.

Addresses:

Oban House
87-89 Queen Street
Morecambe
Lancashire
LA4 5EN

View Morecambe office map

87 King Street
Lancaster
Lancashire
LA1 1RH

View Lancaster office map

Telephone & email:

Adviceline - 0344 4889622

Email - enquiries@northlancashirecab.org.uk

If you are a partner agency and wish to refer a client to us, please do so using our Agency Referral form.

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Opening times and other information

The Morecambe and Lancaster offices are both open as follows:

Monday

9 am to 5 pm

Tuesday

9 am to 5 pm

Wednesday

9 am to 5 pm

Thursday

9 am to 5 pm

Friday

9 am to 5 pm

Out of hours services: Please see our list of contact phone numbers.

Are you struggling with debts?

We can help.

Citizens Advice North Lancashire has debt specialists on call across the week. For week commencing 20/11/2017 the drop-in times are as follows.

Tuesday

9 am to 3 pm

Lancaster

Wednesday

9 am to 3 pm

Morecambe

Please also see our sections on Things to bring with you and Managing your money.

Access: Wheelchair access available at both offices.

Languages: Translation services are available.

New advice services

We have introduced the following new services.

Drop-in advice at West End School

For week commencing 20/11/2017 the service is available on Wednesday from 9 am to 1 pm.

Access to the service is via the Westminster Road entrance. Parents only can access the service through the school's main entrance.

Drop-in advice at Morecambe Bay Food Bank

For week commencing 20/11/2017 this service is available on Friday from 1 pm to 4 pm.

Drop-in advice at Ash Trees Surgery, Carnforth

This service will start in December. The first session will be held on Thursday 07/12/2017 from 1 pm to 5 pm. Appointments can be made through the surgery.

The procedure for giving advice at the above services is broadly similar to that followed at our main offices. Please note: we cannot issue food vouchers at these sessions; they can only be issued at our main offices.

Energy drop-in service

This is held at our main offices where we can help you with switching suppliers and other energy related issues.

For week commencing 20/11/2017 the service will be available as follows.

Monday

9 am to 4 pm

Morecambe

Tuesday

9 am to 11 am

Lancaster

Aims and principles

Aims of the Service

• to provide the advice people need for the problems they face

and equally

• to improve the policies and practices that affect peoples lives

Principles of the Service

The service we will offer you is:

• Free - there is no charge for our service

• Confidential - nothing about you is shared with anyone else outside the service without your permission.

• Impartial - our service is available to everyone regardless of race, sexuality, gender, religion or disability.

• Independent - our service to you is independent of any other organisation.









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What to expect when you come to see us

At both our Lancaster and Morecambe offices you will be greeted by the receptionist who will ask you to complete a short form which we can help you to fill in.

If your enquiry is new or you haven’t been to see us in a while we will conduct a short initial assessment to identify how we can assist you with your enquiry.

We will then do one or more of the following:

Assist you to find and understand the information relevant to your enquiry

Arrange for you to see an adviser or an on call caseworker for the same day

Make you an appointment for the next available date. (If you are given an appointment and then find you are unable to attend, please contact us to let us know).

Direct you to a specialist organisation

We will then continue to offer you support until you are satisfied with the outcome of your enquiry.

Things to bring with you

When you come to see us it will save time and enable us to help you more effectively if you can bring any relevant documents (if you have them), as follows.

For employment problems:
• Contract of Employment
• Employee Handbook
• letters and/or emails from your employer
• letters and/or emails from you to your employer

For tenancy problems:
• Tenancy Agreement
• letters and/or emails from your landlord
• letters and/or emails from you to your landlord
• court documents

For debt problems:
• credit agreement(s)
• letters and/or emails from your creditor(s) and/or debt recovery service
• letters and/or emails from you to your creditor(s) and/or debt recovery service
• court documents
• completed budget sheet (see Managing your money section below)

For benefit problems:
• letters from Job Centre Plus or Department Of Work And Pensions
• your Universal Credit (UC) user ID and password to log-in to your UC claim details and journal

Managing your money

Dealing with money issues can sometimes be
off-putting, but if you don't understand how things like credit or mortgages work, you could end up losing out financially or getting yourself deep in debt.

But you can avoid losing money and getting into debt if you have enough information to make the right choices. Read the following pages to find the information you need, including help to deal with your debt problems, how to avoid losing your home and how to get your finances back into shape.

Click here to view the Citizens Advice factsheets on debt.

If you have looked at these factsheets and still need to visit us, please remember to bring with you all of the documents relating to your finances. It would also help us if you could take some time to fill in our budget sheet. (Please note: the software you use to open the budget sheet might ask you to 'Enable Editing' before you can use it).

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Job vacancies

To see all Citizens Advice job vacancies visit the Citizens Advice national website. Job vacancies at Citizens Advice North Lancashire are shown here.

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If you have a complaint about the service provided please contact the Chief Officer.
Authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority FRN: 617684.
Citizens Advice North Lancashire is a charitable company registered in England & Wales.
Registered office: Oban House, 87-89 Queen Street, Morecambe, Lancs, LA4 5EN.
Charity registration no. 1137309. Company registration no. 7298912.

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