Financial Skills

Whether you need support with budgeting, finding out what you are entitled to or simply getting the best deal, we can help.


My income or circumstances have changed

Coping with a change in your finances can be a stressful time, but there’s help available.

For personalised guidance on benefits and debt options from one of our Money Advisors, please visit our Money Advice page.

Here are some other tips that you might find useful:

Speak to someone

  • If you’re in a crisis, contact your local council who can help you find local support, such as a hardship grant or a Foodbank.
  • Let your landlord, creditors and bank know that you’re facing financial difficulty and if you may have trouble meeting payments on time.
  • Contact your water and energy suppliers, as they may be able to temporarily freeze your payments or offer you a better tariff.

Take back control

Budgeting top tips

Getting an accurate and realistic budget takes time – try these out:

  • Gather all the information you think will help – bank statements, bills, receipts and keep them all in one place such as a large folder or envelope
  • Don’t forget about smaller items – these can quickly add up. A spending diary is a great way to check these
  • Remember occasional costs, e.g. birthdays, repairs, new shoes – it’s these costs that tend to cause problems if you’ve not budgeted for them
  • Do your budget with a friend or support worker– use someone else to help you think through everything and to give you encouragement
  • Ask for help if you need it– there are lots of organisations who can offer free and independent advice to help you work out your budget.

Please visit the Making Money Count website for more information.  

The Making Money Count website also has free, impartial advice on becoming a savvy shopper, planning ahead, finding the best current or savings account and making your money go further.  

I am in the Peterborough area

 

Do you want to make sense of your money, get online or find routes into employment?

Our New Horizons project offers coaching to help you make sense of your money, as well as get online and find routes into employment.

Our trained coaches will work with you to provide one-to-one support sessions over an average of 20 hours. They’ll work with you to set realistic goals and take the necessary steps to help you meet them. We’ll provide end-to-end coaching covering money, work and help to get online. If needed, additional debt remedy services will be offered to participants as part of the project by one of our partners.

To find out more, please visit our New Horizons page.


    
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