Family & Health
HMRC delays 5% late payment fine for self-assessment taxpayers - and it's waiving £100 late filing fee if you do it by Sunday
Self-assessment taxpayers will not be charged a 5% late payment penalty if they pay their tax or set up a payment plan by 1 April, HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) has announced. But if you've failed to pay any outstanding tax on time, you will still be charged interest, so settle your account as soon as possible
19 February 2021
Ban on bailiff evictions extended until end of March
A ban on bailiff evictions in England, which was introduced at the start of the coronavirus pandemic, has been extended for another six weeks until 31 March 2021
15 February 2021
Extra £3.5bn fund promised to fix unsafe high-rise cladding - here's what it means
A package of measures has today been announced by the Government in a bid to help flat-owners in England who've struggled to foot the bill to fix unsafe cladding on their high rise blocks in the wake of the Grenfell Tower tragedy
10 February 2021
Self assessment tax warning - late payment interest still applies
Around 1.8 million taxpayers who need to complete an online self-assessment return missed the 31 January deadline, new HMRC figures show. If that's you, the good news is you'll be spared the usual £100 late-filing fine if you do it by 28 February - but if you've failed to pay any outstanding tax on time, you will still be charged interest from 1 February, so settle your account as soon as possible
1 February 2021
Warning issued over coronavirus vaccine scams - here's how the NHS will actually contact you
Households have been urged to watch out for scammers posing as the NHS or claiming to offer coronavirus vaccines who then attempt to your steal personal details or con you out of cash
27 January 2021
HMRC to waive late payment fines for those who file self-assessment tax returns by 28 February
People who need to complete a self-assessment tax return won't be fined if they file online by 28 February – a month after the original deadline of 31 January. But penalties will still be levied if you don't pay your tax bill by this month's deadline as planned
25 January 2021
Martin Lewis helps mum clear £30,000 debts - here's how she did it
Martin Lewis has helped a struggling mum to clear £30,000 in debt with the help of his tips - and if you're struggling with debt, here's how you can cut your costs and do the same
22 January 2021
MSE launches 'Academoney' financial education course with the Open University
MoneySavingExpert.com is today launching the The Academoney, or more formally the MSE Academy of Money - a new, free adult online financial education course provided jointly with the Open University
19 January 2021
Cold weather payments triggered - can you get £25 towards your energy bills?
Cold weather payments worth £25 have been triggered in some parts of the UK after another cold snap. It's the third week the payments, which are designed to help households pay for energy bills when temperatures plummet, have been dished out this winter
18 January 2021
MPs vote against regulating 'explosive' buy now, pay later sector
MPs have voted against regulating buy now, pay later firms, just weeks after MoneySavingExpert.com founder Martin Lewis called for the "explosive" industry to come under the financial watchdog's eye as soon as possible to protect consumers
14 January 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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