Budgeting Toolbox

Support and resources for help with budgeting

Care first

Care first Information Specialists are expert advisors, trained by Citizens Advice, and can provide comprehensive answers and assistance on a wide range of financial issues including successful budgeting. Care first also provide 24/7 telephone/online counselling support.  Both services are completely confidential and free of charge to staff.

Tel: 0800 174 319

Website: www.carefirst-lifestyle.co.uk  (username: dhuft and password: wellbeing)

After logging in see the Finances section https://carefirst-lifestyle.co.uk/extranet/at-home/finances which has lots of information about common issues facing people today, including budgeting, financial health check and a budgeting calculator.

Financial analysis tool:

With MyEva financial analysis tool you can create an account to access your financial health check score, tools and calculators and a series of short ‘tasks’ to help you manage day to day spending, reduce debt, build up your savings, review your mortgage options and much more.

You can also book a FREE 30 minute call with a Care first financial adviser
(scroll along ‘Essentials’ once you are logged into MyEva and select ‘Speak to an expert about your essentials’).  Please note there is no financial advice given in the call – the purpose is to understand if you would benefit from regulated financial advice, based on your personal circumstances.  If so, you are walked through the process and the charges that apply.


The following webinars and information sheets about budgeting have been produced over the last 18 months.  You can view the webinars retrospectively by clicking on the links below and registering with your name and email address:



PayPlan is one of the UK’s leading free debt advice providers, and offers free debt help and debt management plans.

Tel: 0800 280 2816 (Mon to Fri 8am – 8pm, Sat 9am – 3pm)

Get free, confidential advice quickly – choose help online, by phone or email.  You can submit your debt problem online by using PayPlan’s Debt Help Form.

Website: https://www.payplan.com/dhut/

Visit the Trust’s customised web page for reliable advice on a wide range of debt solutions as well as free debt advice, including credit score and debt, self-employed debt help, benefits, family and joint debts and debt and your home.

PayPlan Financial Wellbeing Hub:

PayPlan’s new Financial Wellbeing Hub is divided into two.

Financial education, which includes:

  • Budgeting and banking – how to make a budget, expert tips, banking options, living on a low or reduced income and a list of FAQs.
  • Types of credit and debt – information about priority and non-priority debt, how to improve your credit score and methods to pay off debt.
  • Reduce your spending – 8 ways to save money.
  • Maximise your income – 6 steps to boost your income : free benefits check, grants, help with school meals, uniforms and activities, check you’re being paid the right amount, secure your bank account and ways to make more money.
  • Savings and insurance guide – getting into the savings habit, different types of savings, types of borrowing, interest rates, whether to save or pay off debts and financial resilience.
  • Financial goals – how does money make you feel, what are your money motivations, are you miswanting, having a financial plan and set your financial goals.

Financial wellbeing, which includes:

  • Money and mental health – understand how important mental health is when dealing with money, and what help is available.
  • Physical health on a budget – Taking care of your body helps care for your overall wellbeing. Learn how to look after your physical health.
  • Addictions and debt – Where to go for support with addictions, including our steps to prevent problem gambling.
  • Relationships and debt – Understand where your relationships sit on the healthy, unhealthy and abusive spectrum – and know where to go for help and advice should you need it.
  • Your health and wellbeing at home – Practical steps to improve your health and wellbeing from home.
  • Financial wellbeing resources – If you’re looking to for ideas of how to educate young people on money matters, find out more about redundancy and debt or guides to improve your financial wellbeing – this is the place to be.



MoneyHelper brings together the support and services of three government-backed financial guidance providers: the Money Advice Service, the Pensions Advisory Service and Pension Wise.  It offers free and impartial advice on an extensive range of topics, including help and guidance to improve your finances, tools and calculators to help keep track and plan ahead.

Money guidance

Tel: 0800 138 7777 / Typetalk: 18001 0800 915 4622 (Mon – Fri, 8am – 6pm.  Closed weekends and bank holidays)

Online web chat (Mon – Fri, 8am – 6pm and Sat, 8am – 3pm.  Closed Sunday and bank holidays)

WhatsApp – add +44 77 0134 2744 to your WhatsApp to talk live on WhatsApp

Web form – you can submit a question through the online enquiry form (aim to respond within 2 working days)

Pensions guidance

Tel: 0800 011 3797 (Mon – Fri, 9am – 5pm.  Closed weekends and bank holidays.

Online web chat (Mon – Fri, 9am – 6pm.  Closed weekends and bank holidays.

Web form – you can submit a question through the online enquiry form (aim to respond within 5 working days)

Pension Wise appointment – if you’re over 50 and have a defined contribution pension you can book a free 45 – 60 minutes over the phone or face-to-face appointment.  Book your appointment online or over the phone: 0800 138 3944.

Website: https://www.moneyhelper.org.uk/en

  • Budgeting – support to manage money well, save money on bills.  Includes a budget planner, car costs calculator and couch to financial fitness
  • Savings – whether for a rainy day or a special treat – is often easier said than done. If that sounds like you, check out this section
  • Pensions and retirement – help to understand pensions and build your retirement pot
  • Homes – guidance on understanding your money when buying and renting
  • Family & care – help to make big money decisions when looking after family members, expecting a baby, dealing with illness, divorce or bereavement.


Citizens Advice

The Citizens Advice Service provides free, confidential advice by phone, email or online chat (face to face advice is currently suspended due to the coronavirus).

Tel: 0800 144 8848 – you can contact an adviser through this national phone line or use this search facility to locate the contact details of your local office.  The national adviceline is available Mon – Fri, 9am – 5pm (not available on Public Holidays).

Online chat – use this link to talk with a trained adviser about budgeting.  Usually available Mon to Fri, 10am – 4pm.

Website: https://www.citizensadvice.org.uk/

Within the Debt and money section on the website, there’s a sub-section dealing specifically with budgeting. An online budgeting tool is available as well as advice on how to get help with bills.

  • Budgeting – work out your budget, get help with bills
  • Banking – getting a bank account, stopping payments, security and fraud
  • Pensions – types of pension, nearing retirement, preparing for your Pension Wise appointment


A series of FREE financial wellbeing webinars by NHS England and NHS Improvement where experts from the Money Advice Service take you through a range of topics to help you get on top of your finances:


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