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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