How to 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.
Facebook Selling Tips
Flog on local groups for FREE
Local Facebook selling groups and Facebook Marketplace are taking over from eBay as the place to earn cash flogging unwanted stuff in your area. The best bit is there are NO fees, so the profit's all yours. This is a crash course on how to earn £100s.
25 Brexit need-to-knows
Incl house prices, visas, flights, consumer rights & more
The UK is now set to exit from the EU on 31 October. This once-in-a-generation event – originally due to take place on 29 March – will affect everyone in the UK, their finances and their consumer rights. But with huge political uncertainty, MPs voting on whether to block a no-deal Brexit and now a possible general election in the offing, much is up in the air. Here we give you the facts where there are facts – and MSE founder Martin Lewis's risk analysis where there aren't.
Rent Out Your Home on Airbnb
20 tips for temporarily renting a home or room to holidaymakers
Airbnb and other sites could help make you £10,000s from letting your home or spare room. This is a crash course in safely renting out your spare room or entire property for short periods, from getting the best price to the right insurance.
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.
Help With Childcare Costs
Get £1,000s in tax credits & Tax-Free Childcare
Whether you have a wee tot or big teen, the costs of childcare can be huge. Yet 100,000s of working parents are missing out on £1,000s of help with these costs. This guide to boosting your childcare budget includes tax credits, Tax-Free Childcare, free school schemes and more.
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.
Cut the cost of post-uni banking
Don't stick with your student bank after uni – loyalty can cost! Banks love fresh grads and offer exclusive deals, such as 0% overdrafts for up to three years. If you've graduated in the past three years, see if you can ditch and switch your account to save £100s in fees.
Prepaid Funeral Plans
What are prepaid funeral plans? Are they worth it?
The death of a loved one is always difficult. Add to this rising funeral costs which now average £4,300 for the essentials and the aftershocks can be considerable. 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 help you work out if a plan is right for you and if so, what sort.
How to claim child tax credit and working tax credit, renew or appeal
Tax credits can be worth £1,000s a year, even after the cutbacks of recent times. Unlike many other benefits, you renew them each year. However, most people making new claims now (rather than renewing) have to apply for universal credit.