Benefit Buddies
Benefit Buddies

New Benefit Buddy Service at Ebor Gardens Advice Centre

Benefit Buddy service is now fully operational. We provide support with filling ALL benefit forms including Universal Credit (support with maintaining an online Universal Credit claim is available too). We also accompany people to most benefit related meetings, for example, medical assessments, appeals/tribunals or Job Centre meetings.

A Benefit Buddy is a person who will help you if you have any benefit problems.

There are three levels of Benefit Buddies from reception/information giving to more complicated full benefit checks.

Benefit Buddies have various roles from initial Benefit Buddy assistance – Benefit Buddies helping you apply for benefits which might involve complicated forms – help with attending a benefit interview/assessment or tribunal.

Benefit Buddies will not represent you at tribunals, but they will go with you so that you don’t have to go on your own. Here is a list of some of the things a Benefit Buddy can do for you:

  • Maximise your income by doing a full benefit check
  • Help you apply for benefits online
  • Help you apply for benefits on paper
  • Signpost you to the right agency to help you with a benefit appeal
  • Provide you with leaflets and information about benefit entitlement
  • Assist you with job searching
  • Assist you in complying with your jobseeker agreement and attend jobseeker interviews with you.
  • Attend medical assessments/interviews with you (and take notes)
  • Attend benefit appeal hearings with you (you will need to have met with your Benefit Buddy prior to any appeal hearing)

We would like to thank our funders at Leeds City Council, Social Inclusion Fund, for funding Benefit Buddies for two years until February 2019.

For further information on the Benefit Buddy programme, please contact Sylvia Simpson, Project Director, Burmantofts Community Project on 0113 235 0276 or email us at 

Message from  Katie Dye, David Jenkins and Paul Drinkwater, Labour Councillors for Killingbeck and Seacroft.

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