Prepaid funeral sellers face cold-calling ban as regulator unveils new rules
The Financial Conduct Authority has revealed details on how it plans to regulate prepaid funeral sellers from next summer, with measures including a ban on cold calling, a set penalty-free cancellation period and providers requiring authorisation
8 November 2021
Got a Marcus or Saga easy-access account? 100,000s can boost their savings by 0.1 percentage points, but you'll need to act
Savers with a best-buy Marcus easy-access savings account and/or cash ISA can boost their interest rate by 0.1 percentage points on each account so long as they don't already have a bonus rate attached to it
5 October 2021
American Express is shaking up its British Airways Avios credit cards from September - here's what it means for you
Card provider American Express is making a number of changes to its two British Airways rewards credit cards from 1 September. The shake-up will see annual fees hiked for some, while for others the spending threshold to earn a 'free' companion flight is falling - although they will now only be able to use this on economy class tickets. Here's what's happening.
31 August 2021
Card providers to 'reserve' up to £100 when you pay at many self-service fuel pumps – here's what's happening
Motorists paying for fuel at many self-service pumps across the UK now face having up to £100 on their debit or credit card temporarily "reserved" while they fill up
24 August 2021
Check piggybanks and down sofas as there's at least £1.4bn in old notes and coins out there – here's how to make them spendable again
More than £28 billion worth of paper £5, £10, £20 and £50 notes are still to be cashed in, while just over £100 million worth of old 'round pound' coins are also yet to be returned. Here's how to make your old notes and coins spendable again.
3 August 2021
Students urged to apply for university funding now if they plan to get a place via 'clearing' – don't wait for your A-level results
Prospective university and college students who plan to go through a process known as 'clearing' to get onto a course should not wait for their exam results before applying for student finance.
30 July 2021
Online Safety Bill 'doomed to fail' unless it includes scam adverts, Martin Lewis and campaigners warn
The government's Online Safety Bill is "doomed to fail" and will leave millions of internet users in danger of losing money and/ or sensitive information if it does not include protection from paid-for scam adverts, warn campaigners.
29 July 2021
Most employees feel they are financially better off now than at the start of the pandemic, finds new MSE poll
More than two in three employees in full-time or part-time work say they're financially better off now than at the start of the coronavirus pandemic – but only one in three of those who are self-employed feel the same, a new MoneySavingExpert.com poll has found.
28 July 2021
Lloyds Bank launches cashback credit card that pays up to 0.5% - plus a £20 introductory bonus
Lloyds Bank has launched a new credit card that enables holders to earn 0.25% cashback on up to £4,000 of annual spending and 0.5% above, with no cap on how much you can earn. You can also earn a £20 bonus if you spend £1,000 in the first 90 days. But Lloyds' cashback rate can be beaten by American Express - here's how it compares.
28 July 2021
Virgin Mobile to axe pay-as-you-go services from 2022 - what it means for its 123,000 customers
Virgin Mobile is to close down its pay-as-you-go (PAYG) services from January 2022 in a move that impacts 123,000 customers. Here's what it means for your plan, mobile number, and unused credit.
27 July 2021
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4 July 2022We've the latest on the testing and self-isolation rules for travellers visiting popular destinations abroad, plus full refund and insurance rights for overseas and UK travel.
MSE Exclusive: Households in Great Britain due £150 million in council tax refunds – check NOW to see if you're one of the 862,000 due a payout3 July 2022Households are being urged to check NOW if they are one of the 862,000 due a refund of overpaid council tax, with an investigation by MoneySavingExpert.com showing residents in England, Scotland and Wales could claim back a total of just over £150 million.
Virgin launches fee-free train booking app and you can earn points to redeem at Greggs and more - here's how it works1 July 2022Virgin has launched a free app that allows rail passengers to book trains directly, without a booking fee. Users can also earn points on spending to redeem on Virgin experiences, Greggs sausage rolls and more.
1 July 2022New and existing customers will now need to purchase a European roaming pass to make calls, send texts and use data in 49 European countries and destinations.
Struggling with energy bill debt? Check if you can get a grant of up to £1,500 from British Gas – even if you're not a customer1 July 2022The British Gas Energy Trust, a charity funded by British Gas, has reopened applications for grants of up to £1,500 to help people clear debts owed to their energy provider – and you don't have to be a British Gas customer to benefit.
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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