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May

Rental evictions to restart in England next month - and landlords will be able to give less notice

The current ban in England on bailiff-enforced rental evictions, which was introduced at the start of the coronavirus pandemic, won't be extended further and will end on 31 May, the Government has announced.

13 May 2021

Barclays Blue Reward customers must register for online banking by August or risk having their membership cancelled

Barclays customers with its Blue Rewards membership programme need to sign up to online or app banking by 3 August or risk having their membership cancelled. Separately, Barclays is also axing its cashback scheme for all of its current account customers from 22 June. Here's what's happening and what you need to do about it.

12 May 2021

Queen's Speech 2021 round-up: student loans shake-up, increased rights for renters, leasehold reform & more

Flexible 'lifetime' student loans were among the plans revealed by the Queen today during the state reopening of Parliament. Other measures include increased rights for renters, leasehold reform and more protection for those using the internet

11 May 2021

Martin Lewis: 'Government's failure to include scams in Online Safety Bill risks finances and mental health of millions - this must change'

While the draft Online Safety Bill confirmed today will see new laws introduced designed to keep people safe online, there was no mention of specific protection against online scams

11 May 2021

Cheapest car insurance prices since 2014 - many can save large NOW even if not at renewal

In a rare bit of good news, car insurance is at a seven-year low at an average £420/yr (£160 less than at its height). Part of the drop, according to the source, MoneySupermarket, is that fewer people driving in lockdown has meant fewer claims.

10 May 2021

Amex to cut cashback rates on best buy credit cards from August

The cashback changes will come into effect on 4 August for both new and existing customers. However, new users will still be able to benefit from introductory bonus rates, assuming that they haven't had an Amex card in the last two years.

10 May 2021

How to borrow at NO COST (0% interest) and maximise your protection

Lockdown's easing, retail's opening, and spending's likely to restart. Some will be able to draw on savings but others will be thinking about taking on new debt. So if you're going to borrow, we want to ensure you do it the cheapest and safest way.

10 May 2021

England's 'green list' of quarantine-free holiday destinations unveiled - including Portugal, Gibraltar and Israel

Holidays abroad could get the go-ahead from 17 May as an announcement from Grant Shapps, the secretary of state for the Department for Transport is expected today. It's thought a 'green list' of countries that Brits will be able to travel to without needing to quarantine on return will also be revealed.

7 May 2021

Plastic bag charge to double to 10p in all shops in England

The fee retailers charge for single-use plastic carrier bags is to double from 5p to 10p in England from 21 May, while those making purchases in smaller shops will also now have to pay the charge.

7 May 2021

Martin Lewis and MSE join coalition of organisations urging Government to use Online Safety Bill to tackle scams

MoneySavingExpert.com and the Money and Mental Policy Institute, which were both founded by Martin Lewis, are among 17 organisations today 'pleading' for Government action to protect people from online crime.

7 May 2021