Fake reviews, subscription traps and unprotected Christmas savings clubs to be tackled under Government crackdown
Cash saved in Christmas savings clubs is to be protected under new laws, the Government has today (19 April) announced. There are also plans to crack down on fake reviews and 'subscription traps', while the competition regulator's powers will be beefed up in a bid to better protect consumers.
19 April 2022
British Airways passengers previously offered vouchers for Covid cancelled flights can now claim cash refunds - here's how
British Airways passengers who feel they were wrongly handed vouchers for cancelled flights during the pandemic can now get cash refunds following a U-turn by the airline. But you need to actively request that your voucher is transferred into cash - we explain how to do this below.
30 March 2022
PCR travel test providers given official warning amid concerns over misleading prices and unfair practices
PCR Covid test providers have been told by the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) to clean up their practices amid concerns they may be breaking consumer law. An open letter has been written by the watchdog identifying a number of "harmful" practices, which it says it will further investigate.
24 September 2021
PCR travel tests review launched amid concerns over price, reliability and quality of service
The competition watchdog has announced plans to review the PCR travel tests market amid concerns that the price, reliability and quality of service provided could be creating a barrier for families wanting to travel abroad. A response will be provided by the Competition and Markets Authority within the next month.
12 August 2021
Groupon threatened with court action after refusing cash refunds
Deals website Groupon faces court action unless it improves how it treats its customers, the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has said.
9 August 2021
Airlines to be investigated for refusing cash refunds where passengers couldn't travel due to Covid-19 restrictions
Airlines will be investigated by the competition watchdog over whether they broke consumer law by failing to offer cash refunds for flights that passengers couldn't legally take due to Government restrictions during the pandemic
16 December 2020
Loveholidays to refund £18m to 44,000 holidaymakers for coronavirus cancellations
Around 44,000 Loveholidays customers whose trips were cancelled due to the coronavirus crisis are in line for refunds worth a combined £18 million after intervention from the competition watchdog
15 December 2020
Lastminute.com to refund £7m to thousands of holidaymakers for coronavirus-cancelled trips
Over 9,000 Lastminute.com holidaymakers will finally receive refunds for package trips that were cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic, after intervention from the competition watchdog
1 December 2020
Wedding firms warned over 'unfair' coronavirus refund policies
Several wedding firms have been warned by the competition watchdog after concerns that couples still aren't receiving fair refunds for weddings which couldn't go ahead during the coronavirus pandemic
26 November 2020
Compare The Market fined £17.9m for banning home insurers from offering cheaper deals elsewhere
Price comparison website Compare The Market has been fined £17.9 million by the competition watchdog, after it banned home insurers from offering customers cheaper prices elsewhere
19 November 2020
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Customers of collapsed rent-to-own firm BrightHouse unlikely to receive any form of refund - here are all the details16 May 2022Customers of collapsed rent to own company BrightHouse are unlikely to get any money back after the firm's joint administrators said the cost of refunding people would "far exceed" the money available.
16 May 2022The energy price cap, which governs what most pay for their energy, is set to change every three months from October under plans announced by Ofgem today. The regulator also revealed it will also make the 'market stabilisation charge' harsher. This is a charge levied on firms acquiring new customers, which will make it harder for suppliers to undercut the price cap with cheaper fixed deals.
Warning: Aldi, M&S, Sainsbury's, Tesco, and more recall chicken products over salmonella fears - here are your refund rights16 May 2022Aldi, M&S, Sainsbury's, Tesco, and Waitrose are recalling a number of chicken products over fears of a salmonella outbreak. We explain your refund rights below.
NHS prescription costs frozen in England for the first time in 12 years – here are all the details and how to save on your medicine bills16 May 2022NHS prescription costs will remain frozen at £9.35 an item for the next 12 months. This is welcome news for many but remember to check if you qualify for free prescriptions or if you can save money with a prescription 'season ticket'. See below for more details.
Thousands of public sector workers to see redundancy payments cut after Government shake-up – your rights explained13 May 2022Thousands of public sector workers in England could soon see the amount they get as redundancy pay cut under new Government guidance.
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.
3 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.
26 April 2022It's hard to believe the Money and Mental Health Policy Institute (MMHPI) charity is now six years old. As the chair of trustees, each year I write the foreword to its annual report – and today the 2021/22 report is out, so I thought I'd blog my formal chair's foreword here.
Martin Lewis: What happened to my pledge to give £10m to charity – 2022 update (spoiler: it's now £20m)11 April 2022Nearly a decade ago, in June 2012, MSE joined the MSM Group and I pledged £10m to go to charity. As that was a public pledge and I feel I've a duty of transparency, every year or two I bash out a blog report to explain where I'm up to, and who's got what money.
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