Cost of Living
Second cost of living payment to be paid from 31 October – here's who qualifies and how much you'll get
Over eight million households on certain benefits and tax credits will receive their second cost of living payment from 31 October.
20 September 2023
Disability cost of living payments paid to millions – here's who qualifies and what to do if you haven't got the money
Over six million disabled people claiming certain benefits have now been sent a £150 one-off cost of living payment.
7 August 2023
Urgent: On non-smart prepay for energy? You have until 30 June to use or lose your £400 Government help vouchers
Over 1.7 million vouchers (15%) – worth over £110 million in total – have yet to be redeemed, according to the latest official statistics.
26 June 2023
Royal British Legion offering veterans and their families grants of up to £1,200 to help pay bills – check if you're eligible and how to apply
The UK's largest charity dedicated to supporting the armed forces community has today launched a grant scheme for veterans and their families who are struggling to pay their energy bills.
23 June 2023
Cost of living payments paid to millions – here's who qualifies and how to claim if you've not got yours
Over eight million households on certain benefits and tax credits have received the first third of their £900 cost of living payment.
23 May 2023
On heating oil, LPG or other fuels? Check if you can get £200 towards your bills as Government expands support scheme
The Government has confirmed it will now accept receipts dating back to 1 June 2022 as evidence – a three-month extension on the previous September 2022 cut-off.
12 April 2023
On universal credit and struggling to pay your mortgage? Check if you can get help with the interest as Government scheme is expanded
An extra 200,000 homeowners on universal credit are now eligible for state help with their mortgage repayments as changes to the 'support for mortgage interest' scheme have kicked in on 3 April.
3 April 2023
Budget 2023: Martin Lewis rounds up today's key announcements and what they mean for your finances
Chancellor Jeremy Hunt has announced major changes to childcare support, pensions and benefits in his 2023 Spring Budget.
17 March 2023
Live in Northern Ireland, in a park home or use alternative fuel? Here's everything you need to know about energy grant payments in 2023
More than a million households - including those in Northern Ireland, living in park homes or using alternative fuels - that have been waiting for energy support payments have now finally started to receive them.
7 March 2023
Live in Scotland? Check you're not missing out on a FREE £150 towards your energy bills
Scottish households on certain benefits can get £150 off their energy bills under the Warm Home Discount scheme – but, unlike in England and Wales, many in Scotland still need to apply. Here's how to check if you're eligible.
17 February 2023
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23 September 2023Energy standing charges unfairly penalise households on lower incomes and those looking to cut their usage, a cross-party group of MPs have said in a new report published today.
22 September 2023You should open a fixed savings rate NOW in case rates are cut, MoneySavingExpert.com founder Martin Lewis has warned.
21 September 2023E.on Next's 'Pledge' tariff could be an easy way to cut your bills over the next year, according to MoneySavingExpert.com founder Martin Lewis.
21 September 2023The NatWest Group will shut at least 143 of its bank branches throughout 2023 and 2024 following its latest announcement.
Bank of Scotland, Halifax and Lloyds to close 35 more branches in 2023/24 – here's the full list, plus alternatives21 September 2023Bank of Scotland, Halifax and Lloyds, which are all part of the Lloyds Banking Group, have announced they'll close at least 35 more branches between them over the next 12 months.
12 September 2023
11 September 2023Update September 2017: It’s eight years since I first braved this subject, expecting a snowstorm of protest. Instead, year after year more join in, like Julia who recently tweeted me, “@MartinSLewis, finally took your advice and told my family I can’t afford Christmas presents. What a weight off my mind. Thank you.” One year even the Archbishop of...
4 September 2023The 2023 academic year is about to start, and it'll see the biggest shake-up to student finance in England for a decade. The changes are both subtle and massive. On the surface they look like a tweak, in practice they will increase the eventual cost of going to university by over 50% for many typical graduates.
21 August 2023
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