Family & Health
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
English councils cut back on school holiday food vouchers – here's what other help you can get
Several councils in England have either scrapped or cut back on their provision of summer holiday vouchers for children eligible for free school meals, according to a BBC investigation, but there is still some help out there for those affected by the cuts.
8 August 2022
Buying a prepaid funeral plan? You now have more protection after regulator intervenes
From today, all prepaid funeral plans in the UK will be policed by the financial regulator – meaning you'll be protected if you buy a plan from an authorised firm and it later goes bust.
29 July 2022
Accessing your pension for the first time or transferring it? You'll now be offered a free Pension Wise guidance session
If you’re aged 55 or over and have a UK-based workplace or private pension pot that you've paid into that you want to access for the first time or transfer elsewhere, you must now be offered guidance from the free impartial Government service, Pension Wise.
1 June 2022
£17 million of unspent Tesco Clubcard vouchers will expire this month, but there's a trick to extend them – here's how
Some £17 million worth of unused Tesco Clubcard vouchers is set to expire at the end of the month. Use your vouchers now if you can but if not, there is a trick to extend them online. We explain how it works.
20 May 2022
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 bills
NHS 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.
17 May 2022
Thousands of public sector workers to see redundancy payments cut after Government shake-up – your rights explained
Thousands of public sector workers in England could soon see the amount they get as redundancy pay cut under new Government guidance.
13 May 2022
New reforms to protect renters confirmed – including an ombudsman for complaints and a ban on 'no fault' evictions
Renters in England can no longer be evicted for no reason under a new Bill introduced by the Government this week - though the rules are yet to take effect. The "Renters Reform Bill" will also see the introduction of an ombudsman for private tenants among other measures.
11 May 2022
New. Free £200 in time for Christmas
Biggest upfront bank switch bribe since 2017
Martin's 'Should I start overpaying my mortgage?' help
Plus boosted mortgage overpayment calculator
New. Top fixed savings now pay 4.56%
Highest since 2012, with easy access up to 2.5%
Second cost of living payment coming
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They're now cheaper than 2yr ones
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Shell Energy to pay an extra £150 this winter to customers getting the Warm Home Discount – here's what you need to know4 October 2022Shell Energy will pay an extra £150 to over 150,000 of its customers who get the Government's Warm Home Discount this winter – meaning those eligible will get £300 in total from both payments.
4 October 2022Barclays' has launched a new linked "Rainy Day Saver" savings account for Blue Rewards members, which pays 5.12% interest on balances of up to £5,000 – over double the top open-to-all easy access account. You need to jump though a number of hoops to get it though.
Second benefits cost of living payment to start on 8 November – here's who's eligible, how much you'll get and if you need to apply4 October 2022Millions of the UK's poorest households will start to receive the second half of their £650 cost of living payment from 8 November.
4 October 2022At the start of the week, several major lenders pulled their deals from the market completely. Since then, many others have either withdrawn their fixed-rate offers or replaced them at hugely increased rates. As the market turbulence continues, here's what you can do.
4 October 2022Homeowners have increasing reason to consider longer term mortgages over shorter deals, as the cost of borrowing grows.
9 August 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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