Family & Health
New help for millions in debt crisis - you can now get two months' 'breathing space' from interest and enforcement action
New rules giving those in England and Wales who are struggling with problem debt a 60-day grace period to get their finances back under control come into force today, in a huge victory for MoneySavingExpert.com and others who've campaigned hard on the issue.
4 May 2021
New FREE guide on what to teach kids about spending money safely online launched
Not-for-profit internet safety body Internet Matters has launched a free ten-point guide with tips to help kids and young people build good online money management habits.
13 April 2021
Couple gets 'severe mental impairment' council tax discount backdated TEN years after appeal - how to fight for a backdated payment
A MoneySaving couple have received a £3,500 council tax refund after taking their local authority to a tribunal and forcing it to backdate a discount to 2009 - and their success story shows how others may be able to win refunds for previous years too
24 March 2021
New private parking ticket appeals service to launch next year
A new private parking ticket appeals service will launch next year, the Government has confirmed. Meanwhile, a raft of measures designed to make private parking tickets cheaper and fairer have also been announced
22 March 2021
Bupa to refund health insurance customers one month's premium after coronavirus disruption
Bupa UK health insurance customers will be refunded the equivalent of around one month's premium after coronavirus disrupted some people's planned medical treatments last year
18 March 2021
Martin Lewis urges Government action on online scams to help protect millions of people with mental health problems
It comes as new research has found those with mental health problems are three times more likely to be victims of online scams.
17 March 2021
Census 2021 letters begin to land in England, Wales and Northern Ireland – here's what you need to know
Don't ignore or bin your census letter – households are legally obliged to take part, although you don't have to answer all the questions
8 March 2021
No more coronavirus support to come for limited company directors, Chancellor Rishi Sunak tells Martin Lewis
The Chancellor Rishi Sunak has told MoneySavingExpert.com founder Martin Lewis that limited company directors won't be getting any additional financial support during the pandemic, admitting that when it comes to extra help, the door is "firmly shut"
5 March 2021
200,000 women in line for automatic £13,500 average payout due to state pension error
Around 200,000 women could be owed an average payout of £13,5000 after their state pensions were underpaid, new figures reveal. And these payments will now be paid automatically following a Government review - although women who weren't due the automatic uplift in the first place will still need to claim
4 March 2021
NHS prescription costs in England to rise by 20p to £9.35 an item from April
The NHS prescription charge in England will increase by 20p to £9.35 from 1 April, it's been confirmed. The cost of prescription prepayment certificates - essentially season tickets you use to cut costs if you pay for multiple prescriptions over a set period - are also rising
26 February 2021
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24 June 2022Free lateral flow tests in Wales will continue to be available for people showing Covid symptoms up until 30 July.
24 June 2022Private car park operators in England, Scotland and Wales will no longer be able to set fines above £50 in the majority of circumstances, under new rules set out by the Government.
You've got 100 days to use paper £20 and £50 notes before they become unusable - so check your pockets and down the back of sofas now23 June 2022Time is running out to check down the back of your sofa for any soon-to-be-discontinued paper £20 and £50 notes. There are only 100 days left before they become invalid but the latest figures from the Bank of England show there are almost £15 billion-worth of notes still around.
New Government-backed interest-free loan scheme to be rolled out across the UK from September – here’s how it works23 June 2022Vulnerable people who have been rejected from borrowing will apply to apply for a one-off no interest loan scheme (NILs) from September. The scheme aims to reach 20,000 struggling to pay off debt, with them being able to borrow anything from £100 to £2,000 – here’s how it’ll work.
Barclays to shut a further 15 bank branches this year - check if yours is closing and what your options are23 June 2022Barclays has announced another round of bank branch closures, with 15 more outlets set to shut by the end of the year. The latest closures mean Barclays will close 55 branches by the end of the year. Below we list the branches disappearing and what the alternatives are if you still want face-to-face banking.
17 June 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.
26 May 2022With the announcement of the Government's energy cost of living plans due out at lunchtime. I thought I'd speedily bash out a note down of what (from memory) I'd asked the Chancellor for when we spoke on Monday - and the other general suggestions I've been making.
24 May 2022Press the rewind button and go way back to April 2015... Possibly on the telly in the corner of your living room, I was on-air at the time urging savers as usual to use their new tax-free cash ISA allowance – because 'money was nicer in an ISA'. But things changed in 2016.
6 May 2022I set up MoneySavingExpert.com nearly 20 years ago – when arguably the modern web was still in its infancy. With an abundance of self-belief (something I had too much of then, as I realise now) I decided not to read any books, or follow prevailing wisdom on how a site should operate – and just do it my way.
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