Cost of Living
Third and final cost of living payment paid to millions on certain benefits – what to do if you haven't got yours
More than seven million households on certain benefits including Universal Credit and Tax Credits have now received the third and final instalment of their cost of living payment. Here's all you need to know on whether you're eligible and what to do if you're missing your payment.
23 February 2024
Ring to raise basic doorbell subscription prices by 43% – but we've a trick to beat the hikes
If you've got a Ring doorbell 'Protect Basic' plan, you'll see the cost of your subscription rise by 43% from Monday 11 March – whether you pay monthly or annually.
9 February 2024
English student living loans to rise by 2.5% in September – a real-terms CUT that will leave many struggling, warns Martin Lewis
English student living loans will once again rise by less than the rate of inflation, the Government has announced.
5 February 2024
Millions would need to DOUBLE their incomes to escape poverty, warns charity – as Martin Lewis urges policymakers to act
Millions of people would have to double their incomes to escape financial hardship, says anti-poverty charity Joseph Rowntree Foundation in a new report published today.
23 January 2024
All London primary age children to get free school meals again from this September – here's what you need to know
Every primary age child in London will get free school meals again in the 2024/2025 academic year, Mayor of London Sadiq Khan has confirmed. Here's what you need to know.
9 January 2024
Sell on eBay, Etsy or Vinted or rent your home on Airbnb? Firms will now report your earnings to HMRC – so check if you need to pay tax
Firms such as eBay, Etsy, Vinted and Airbnb will soon start passing on certain information about you to HM Revenue & Customs.
3 January 2024
Scottish Budget 2023: Income tax shake-up confirmed from April 2024 – here's what's changing
From 6 April 2024, the threshold at which earners in Scotland start paying certain rates will rise for some tax bands, while a new "advanced" rate tax band will be introduced. The "top" tax rate will also increase.
19 December 2023
Urgent action needed to stop lenders bombarding people who've missed payments, say Martin Lewis and charity
New rules are urgently needed to stop lenders overwhelming people with letters, calls, texts and emails about missed payments, according to charity the Money and Mental Health Policy Institute and its founder and chair Martin Lewis.
14 December 2023
Second cost of living payment paid to millions – here's who qualifies and what to do if you haven't got yours
More than eight million households on certain benefits and Tax Credits have now received the second third of their £900 cost of living payment.
28 November 2023
Autumn Statement: Workers to pay less in national insurance – but rate cuts don't offset the freezing of personal tax thresholds
Both employees and self-employed workers will pay less in national insurance from next year, Chancellor Jeremy Hunt has announced in today's Autumn Statement.
22 November 2023
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Got Avios you won't use for flights? Swap them to Nectar before 11 March as their value is being slashed27 February 2024If you collect Avios – the reward currency of the British Airways 'Executive Club' loyalty scheme – and you're planning to covert them into Nectar points, you should make the swap before Monday 11 March. From this date, the value of Avios being converted will be slashed.
Martin Lewis: Energy Price Cap to FALL 12% on 1 April AND prepay becomes the cheapest way to pay – the five big things you need to know27 February 2024Energy regulator Ofgem has announced the new Energy Price Cap, with prices set to drop by 15% on average from April.
The Body Shop to close almost half its stores as it falls into administration – your shopping, refund and gift card rights explained27 February 2024Cosmetics retailer The Body Shop will close seven stores today (Tuesday 27 February) after falling into administration earlier this month. It plans to shut almost half of its 198 stores in total, resulting in hundreds of workers facing redundancy.
Tesco shopper? You've only got DAYS left to spend or extend £18 million of expiring Clubcard vouchers27 February 2024If you've got a Tesco Clubcard, check when your vouchers are due to expire as there's just days left to spend or extend £18 million worth before they run out on Thursday 29 February.
27 February 2024Energy standing charges, which make up around £300 of most people's yearly bills, are to be reviewed by Ofgem.
3 January 2024It is a national tragedy that getting on for a million pensioners, many of whom have been paying into the system for years, are missing out on a critical boost to their income. It's called pension credit, and this year it also means you get an extra £650 to help with energy bills.
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12 December 2023If you’re shopping online for gifts, the deadline for ordering to get ’em in time for Christmas may be sooner than you think. Get it wrong and instead of presents under the tree, they could be held hostage at a courier firm’s out-of-town depot… To help avoid this, retailers now give their own final cut-off dates for orders you want...
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