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Furlough scheme extended again until end of April

The furlough scheme set up to support those whose jobs have been affected by the coronavirus pandemic has been extended another month and will now run until the end of April 2021, the Chancellor Rishi Sunak announced today. And businesses will now be able to apply for Government support schemes including bounce back loans until the end of March

17 December 2020

Martin Lewis warns MPs of 'catastrophic' effect on workers' finances without coronavirus support founder and chair Martin Lewis has warned MPs that workers' finances could be permanently damaged without short-term support during the coronavirus crisis, as part of a Treasury Committee evidence session on the economic impact of the pandemic

10 December 2020

Councils stop offering £500 self-isolation payments to those on low incomes as cash runs out research found some local authorities have run out discretionary funding for £500 Test and Trace grants despite the scheme expected to last until 31 January 2021.

9 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

Rail users furious as advance fare refunds refused despite coronavirus lockdown – your rights explained

Rail passengers with cheap advanced tickets have been left furious after being refused cash refunds despite being unable to travel because of the English coronavirus lockdown

12 November 2020

Martin Lewis urges Sainsbury's to move its Nectar 'double-up' online during lockdown

Sainsbury's must urgently rethink its Nectar 'double-up' promotion so that it doesn't force customers to go to stores unnecessarily while England is in lockdown and there are tight restrictions elsewhere in the UK, MSE founder Martin Lewis said today

6 November 2020

Furlough extended until March and self-employed support boosted again

The Government's furlough scheme will be extended until the end of March, Chancellor Rishi Sunak has announced

5 November 2020

Self-employed avoid big cut to universal credit after return of the 'minimum income floor' delayed until April

The move means many self-employed people WON'T now face huge drops in payments next week

3 November 2020

ATOL protection for refund credit notes extended

Refund credit notes issued up until 31 December 2020 for cancelled holidays will be protected by the Government after it extended cover put in place due to the coronavirus pandemic - so if you accept one and the travel firm were to then go bust, you will get your money back

23 October 2020

Italy added to UK's quarantine list

Travellers returning to the UK from Italy, San Marino and Vatican City will have to self-isolate for 14 days from 4am on Sunday 18 October

15 October 2020