New Welsh language version of MSE’s hit Open University 'Academoney' course launches
MoneySavingExpert.com's 'Academoney' course - prepared and written by the Open University - is going bilingual, giving Welsh-language speakers the skills and knowledge they need to master their money, in their choice of Welsh or English.
22 March 2021
First regions to get ultrafast broadband upgrades named - is your area on the list?
The first areas of the country to get a superfast broadband upgrade have been named, with work due to start next year. As many as 510,000 homes and businesses plagued by sluggish broadband should initially benefit from the £5 billion upgrade with more regions to follow in future
19 March 2021
Student loan repayments to drop for many Scots by £500/yr from April
Many Scots with student loans will see repayments drop sharply next month, as the income threshold at which student loans begin to be repaid will rise from £19,390 to £25,000. The change may mean you pay less in the long run too, as many with student loans won't finish paying them off before they're automatically wiped after 30 years, though others could accrue more interest - we've full analysis below
18 March 2021
Bupa to refund health insurance customers one month's premium after coronavirus disruption
Bupa UK health insurance customers will be refunded the equivalent of around one month's premium after coronavirus disrupted some people's planned medical treatments last year
18 March 2021
Bulb to hike energy prices by £91/yr for millions from April - but you can save £100s/yr switching
About 1.7 million Bulb customers will see gas and electricity bills rise by up to £91/yr on average in April as the energy supplier has announced it's raising the price of standard credit and prepayment tariffs. But most can beat the hikes and save £150/yr by switching to a cheaper deal
17 March 2021
Energy credit to be automatically returned under new plans - and it could be worth £65/household
Energy suppliers will be forced to automatically refund in-credit balances each year and will have limits placed on the size of customers' balances under new proposals from the energy regulator. The shake-up could result in households getting an average refund of £65
17 March 2021
Martin Lewis urges Government action on online scams to help protect millions of people with mental health problems
It comes as new research has found those with mental health problems are three times more likely to be victims of online scams.
17 March 2021
Best-buy Marcus savings account rate to fall AGAIN to 0.4%
Savings provider Marcus is cutting the interest rate on its best-buy easy-access account again next month
16 March 2021
Accord becomes the first lender to bring back standard 5% deposit mortgages for first-time buyers
Accord Mortgages will become the first lender to bring back standard 5% deposit mortgages after the majority of lenders pulled out of the low deposit market a year ago due to fears the coronavirus crisis would have a negative impact on borrowers' ability to afford loans
16 March 2021
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24 June 2022Free lateral flow tests in Wales will continue to be available for people showing Covid symptoms up until 30 July.
24 June 2022Private car park operators in England, Scotland and Wales will no longer be able to set fines above £50 in the majority of circumstances, under new rules set out by the Government.
You've got 100 days to use paper £20 and £50 notes before they become unusable - so check your pockets and down the back of sofas now23 June 2022Time is running out to check down the back of your sofa for any soon-to-be-discontinued paper £20 and £50 notes. There are only 100 days left before they become invalid but the latest figures from the Bank of England show there are almost £15 billion-worth of notes still around.
New Government-backed interest-free loan scheme to be rolled out across the UK from September – here’s how it works23 June 2022Vulnerable people who have been rejected from borrowing will apply to apply for a one-off no interest loan scheme (NILs) from September. The scheme aims to reach 20,000 struggling to pay off debt, with them being able to borrow anything from £100 to £2,000 – here’s how it’ll work.
Barclays to shut a further 15 bank branches this year - check if yours is closing and what your options are23 June 2022Barclays has announced another round of bank branch closures, with 15 more outlets set to shut by the end of the year. The latest closures mean Barclays will close 55 branches by the end of the year. Below we list the branches disappearing and what the alternatives are if you still want face-to-face banking.
17 June 2022It is a national tragedy that getting on for a million pensioners, many of whom have been paying into the system for years, are missing out on a critical boost to their income. It's called pension credit, and this year it also means you get an extra £650 to help with energy bills.
26 May 2022With the announcement of the Government's energy cost of living plans due out at lunchtime. I thought I'd speedily bash out a note down of what (from memory) I'd asked the Chancellor for when we spoke on Monday - and the other general suggestions I've been making.
24 May 2022Press the rewind button and go way back to April 2015... Possibly on the telly in the corner of your living room, I was on-air at the time urging savers as usual to use their new tax-free cash ISA allowance – because 'money was nicer in an ISA'. But things changed in 2016.
6 May 2022I set up MoneySavingExpert.com nearly 20 years ago – when arguably the modern web was still in its infancy. With an abundance of self-belief (something I had too much of then, as I realise now) I decided not to read any books, or follow prevailing wisdom on how a site should operate – and just do it my way.
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