Who can claim & what you can get
Universal credit is a controversial new benefit designed to simplify the welfare system. It combines six benefits into one single payment, but the roll-out has been plagued by delays to payments, which have left tens of thousands of vulnerable people in rental arrears and some even dependent on food banks, according to new research.
25 Brexit need-to-knows
Incl house prices, visas, flights, consumer rights & more
At 11pm on 29 March 2019, the UK is set to leave the European Union. It's a once-in-a-generation event which will affect everyone in the UK, their finances and consumer rights. But with the Prime Minister now trying to renegotiate with EU leaders over the terms we'll leave on, much is up in the air. In this guide we give you the facts where there are facts – and MSE founder Martin Lewis's risk analysis where there aren't.
Earn freebies for testing products
The top 'freebies for feedback' sites
Product development's big business. By checking items work and verifying marketing claims, companies boost sales. Add the power of word-of-mouth recommendations, and it's clear why they're happy for you to test goodies for nowt.
Level term policies to protect your family’s finances
The sobering statistic is around one child in 29 loses a parent before they grow up. Sadly, the grief and misery are often compounded by a loss of income causing financial crisis – but life insurance is one of the cheapest ways to protect your family's finances if the worst happens.
Marriage tax allowance
Get a tax break worth up to £900
Are you married or in a civil partnership? If so you may be entitled to a £900 tax break called the marriage tax allowance. Yet about one million couples are still missing out. It's free money, so worth checking – and you can now qualify even if your partner has passed away.
How to do good at Christmas
Volunteer or donate to help those less fortunate
Christmas is a time for exchanging gifts, sharing food and spending time with family. But there are many who are less fortunate and less able to celebrate, from those sleeping rough over the festive period to elderly people living alone.
Prepaid Funeral Plans
The death of a loved one is always difficult to deal with and this can be compounded by funeral costs of up to £4,300 on average. Increasing numbers of people are now taking out funeral plans so they know most of the cost of their funeral has been covered before they die, to ensure their family isn't left to foot a hefty bill. We take you through all you need to know.
How to claim child tax credit and working tax credits, renew or appeal
Tax credits can mean a payout, potentially in the £1,000s, even after recent cuts. Unlike many other benefits, you MUST renew them each year. Most people will now have to claim universal credit, but some can still make new tax credit claims.