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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.

Scroll down the  page to find out more about Citizens Advice North Lancashire.

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.


Oban House
87-89 Queen Street

View Morecambe office map

87 King Street

View Lancaster office map

Telephone & email:

Adviceline - 0344 4889622

Email -

Please note: If you contact us via email you acknowledge that you have read and accepted our privacy and data protection policies.

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 during week commencing 24/02/2020:


9 am to 5 pm


9 am to 5 pm


9 am to 5 pm


9 am to 5 pm


9 am to 5 pm

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

Access: Wheelchair access available at both offices.

Languages: Translation services are available.

Outreach advice services

Availability during week commencing 24/02/2020 is as follows.

Drop-in advice at Morecambe Food Bank, West End Community Centre

We regret this service is not available this week.

Advice at Ash Trees Surgery, Carnforth

Thursday from 1 pm to 5 pm.

To make an appointment please ring the surgery on 01524 720000. (Please note: we cannot guarantee you will be seen if you do not have an appointment booked).

The procedure for giving advice at the above service 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.

Money Matters

Money Matters is a service that aims to help you with your money issues by looking at your whole financial situation.

During week commencing 24/02/2020 the service is available on Wednesday between 9 am and 3 pm at our Morecambe office.

Our friendly advice team will help with:

• Benefits checks and issues
• Energy charges
• Budgeting
• Any debts you may have

In addition to Money Matters we will be holding the following debt drop-in sessions in our Lancaster office during week commencing 24/02/2020.


9 am to 11 am


9 am to 11 am

If you decide to attend either Money Matters or a debt drop-in session, please also see our sections on 'Things to bring with you' and 'Managing your money'.

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Digital Hub

This service, sponsored by the Galbraith Trust and supported by Black Bear Computers, is where you can come and get help to use a computer.

The things we expect to be doing include:

• Training in digital skills
• Help with benefit claims
• Writing letters, job applications and CVs
• Shopping around for cheaper deals
• Training in use of internet search engines
• Filling in online forms
• Setting clients up on Skype
• Showing how to research local activities
• Introduction to social networking

During week commencing 24/02/2020 the Digital Hub is open as follows in our Morecambe office.


9 am to 3 pm


9 am to 3 pm


9 am to 2 pm

Get help applying for Universal Credit

Our Help to Claim service can support you in the early stages of your Universal Credit claim, from the application, through to your first payment.

Help to Claim is a dedicated service from Citizens Advice. It’s free, independent and confidential. Our trained advisers can help with things like how to gather evidence for your application or how to prepare for your work coach appointment.

The service is provided at our offices in Lancaster and Morecambe and for week commencing 24/02/2020 appointments are available as follows.



9.30 am & 1.30 pm



9.30 am & 1.30 pm



9.30 am & 1.30 pm

Please call 01524 400404 to make an appointment.

You can also call us for free on 0800 144 8 444, or get advice on line at

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 debt and money pages on the Citizens Advice national website.

Also see the Citizens Advice tipsheet 'Making the most of your money' for useful money-related signposting and links.

If you have looked at the above webpages 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.

We do not currently have any vacancies at Citizens Advice North Lancashire; have you considered volunteering?

Our supporters

Legal Aid Agency Face To Face Debt Advice AQS SQM Investors In People Comic Relief Lancaster City Council

Special thanks to survey software company QuestionPro who have provided us with state of the art data collection software. QuestionPro’s advanced features help us securely collect and analyse client feedback to enable us to provide a more robust and client focused service.

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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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