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Watch Martin Lewis's Q&A with Rishi Sunak on the new cost of living support package – plus more info on today's announcement

Martin puts his, MSE users' and his social media followers' questions to Rishi Sunak following today's announcement of a new cost of living crisis support package.

28 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

More than 2.5 million people to be moved onto universal credit from today, leaving 900,000 worse off - here's all you need to know

More than 2.5 million people on legacy benefits will start to be moved over to universal credit from today in an automatic process that was previously halted due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The Government's own figures show that the move could leave 900,000 people worse off – though many others will see their circumstances improved. Here's all you need to know.

9 May 2022

Universal credit and other benefits to rise from today - how to check you're not missing out

Millions of people will see a slight increase to their benefit payments starting from this month. Benefits such as universal credit, child benefits and state pension payments will see a rise. Here’s everything you need to know.

11 April 2022

Get tax credits or child benefit paid into a Post Office card account? Set up an alternative account now or your payments will stop

Around 6,600 people who get tax credits, child benefit or guardian's allowance paid into a Post Office card account need to take action urgently as HMRC will stop making payments into these accounts after 5 April.

28 March 2022

Deadline to sign up to the Government's new Healthy Start system looms, but those eligible have faced big problems applying

The existing paper vouchers are being phased out this month and families and expectant mothers must switch to the new system to continue to get help with food and milk costs.

4 March 2022

People rejected for disability benefits should appeal after DWP admits wrongly denying 80,000 people their money - here's how

The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has admitted that it wrongly denied eligible people their disabled benefits. Almost 80,000 people managed their Personal Independence Payment (PIP) decision overturned after it was originally rejected.

24 February 2022

Get Healthy Start vouchers? You need to apply for a prepaid card to receive payments from March or you'll miss out

From 31 March NHS Healthy Start paper vouchers will no longer be issued and will instead be swapped for prepaid cards, under a new shake-up to the scheme. So, make sure you register now or you’ll miss out on payments. Here’s all you need to know.

9 February 2022

Martin Lewis: Up to 7 million missing out on benefits they're entitled to - are you?

Up to seven million people in the UK are missing out on benefits they're entitled to, according to MSE founder Martin Lewis in the latest episode of his ITV show.

24 January 2022

Benefits recipients to receive a £10 Christmas bonus – who’ll get it?

If you are eligible, the money should be paid automatically but you can claim if you think you've wrongly missed out.

6 December 2021