MoneySavingExpert News

June

Free lateral flow tests in Wales extended until 31 July for people showing signs of Covid

Free lateral flow tests in Wales will continue to be available for people showing Covid symptoms up until 30 July.

24 June 2022

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 now

Time 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.

23 June 2022

New Government-backed interest-free loan scheme to be rolled out across the UK from September – here’s how it works

Vulnerable 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.

23 June 2022

Barclays to shut a further 15 bank branches this year - check if yours is closing and what your options are

Barclays 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.

23 June 2022

Mobile and broadband providers to make it easier for users to cancel under new rules

The change comes under new rules that took effect earlier this month (17 June), which are designed to help consumers make more informed choices about the deal that works best for them.

22 June 2022

Tesco Mobile to charge customers for roaming in Europe from next year

Tesco Mobile is to start charging pay-monthly users who joined or upgraded from 16 June this year to use their mobiles in Europe. From 1 January 2023, these customers will have to pay extra to make calls, send texts and use data in 48 European countries and destinations.

21 June 2022

Children in Wales in reception, year one and year two to get free school meals by April 2023 - here's all you need to know

All reception year schoolchildren in Wales will start receiving free meals from September this year, with pupils in year one and year two to get free meals by April 2023, the Welsh Government has announced. It's expected that all 200,000 primary school children in Wales will receive free school meals by 2024.

21 June 2022

UK's biggest rail strike in 30 years begins – here are your refund rights

Transport service across the UK will be disrupted this week as thousands of transport workers will strike on on Tuesday (21st), Thursday (23rd) and Saturday (25th). Here are your refund rights.

21 June 2022

Bank of England increases base rate to 1.25% – what the rise means for your mortgage and savings

The Bank of England has increased base rates to 1.25% from 1% after the Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) voted in favour of a rise. The base rate is used by the central bank to charge other banks and lenders when they borrow money – and influences what borrowers pay and savers earn.

21 June 2022

Buy now pay later regulation confirmed - but Martin Lewis warns that action is 'far too slow'

Plans on how buy now, pay later services will be regulated have today (20 June) been announced by the Government. But MoneySavingExpert.com (MSE) founder Martin Lewis warns that legislation is taking "far too long" to take force with borrowers being left unprotected during the cost of living crisis.

20 June 2022