Family & Health
Budget 2023: Childcare support to be boosted for children from nine months and for parents on universal credit – here's what you need to know
The announcements form a package of new measures designed to help parents, revealed by the Chancellor in today's Budget.
22 March 2023
NHS prescription costs in England to rise by 30p to £9.65 an item from April
The cost of prescription 'season tickets', which let you prepay for multiple prescriptions over a set period, is also rising.
10 March 2023
All London primary age children to get free school meals for a year from September – here's what we know
Every primary age child in London will get free school meals in the 2023/24 academic year, Mayor of London Sadiq Khan has announced – though the full details of how the new scheme will work in practice are yet to be confirmed.
20 February 2023
Pregnant or have a child under four? Check if you can get £17+ a month to help with food costs as over 200,000 are missing out
If you're pregnant or have a child under the age of four, and you're on a low income, you may be eligible for a Healthy Start prepaid card offering at least £4.25 a week to spend on healthy food, milk and vitamins.
2 February 2023
Martin Lewis: Ouch – how much should parents give or save for their children's university costs?
If you're a parent thinking about how you might be able to help your child with their university costs, MoneySavingExpert.com's founder Martin Lewis has an important warning for you, which he shared in the latest episode of ITV's The Martin Lewis Money Show Live.
1 February 2023
More cold weather payments triggered in England and Wales – can you get £75 towards your energy bills?
Cold weather payments worth £25 have now been triggered for residents in over 500 postcode areas in England and Wales, as last week's cold snap continues.
23 January 2023
Scottish child payment increased to £25 a week from today and more families can now get it – here’s how to apply
If you live in Scotland and claim certain means-tested benefits, and you have children under 16, you can now claim £25 a week per child in 'Scottish child payment'. The benefit has been extended to reach more families, while the amount you can claim has also been boosted. Over 400,000 children could now be eligible.
14 November 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.
7 September 2022
A-level results warning: putting off uni until next year could cost £10,000s more
School leavers getting their A-Level results this week should be aware that deferring for a year means they'll be on the new student finance system coming in England in September 2023, and will repay their loan for a much longer period, potentially costing £10,000s more.
16 August 2022
Need to buy school uniform? Check if you can get a grant of up to £200 to help with the cost
We've searched through council websites to find which offer it – check to see if you're eligible and what you could get.
16 August 2022
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Thousands of single bus journeys in England to be capped at £2 until 30 June - here's all you need to know1 April 2023The fare for thousands of single bus journeys in England will be capped at £2 until 30 June 2023.
Stamp prices to rise by up to 16% – but there's a way to beat the hike31 March 2023From Monday 3 April, the cost of first-class stamps will be hiked to £1.10, while second-class stamps will increase to 75p.
Going through the menopause? You'll be able to get your HRT prescriptions for less from 1 April - here's how31 March 2023People going through the menopause in England will be able to access cheaper HRT prescriptions from 1 April with a new 'season ticket'.
Bulb customer? Octopus has now completed its takeover – here's what you need to know31 March 2023Octopus has agreed a deal with the Government to take over the failed supplier.
Eight more 'banking hubs' to open in a bid to boost access to cash as high street branches close – here's a full list of the 47 planned hubs31 March 2023Eight more 'banking hubs' are to open in the UK in the coming year, aiming to boost people's access to cash and other financial services as bank branches continue to disappear from the high street.
Martin Lewis: Is it time to ban unnecessary Christmas presents?5 December 2022Update 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...
Martin Lewis: The one thing everyone aged over 66 needs to know29 November 2022It 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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