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Urgent action called for as mental health sufferers consider or attempt suicide after finances hit during the pandemic
People with mental health problems have faced a much bigger hit to their finances during the pandemic than the wider population and are three times more likely to have fallen into serious debt, according to the results of a major national survey published today.
24 November 2021
Martin Lewis, MoneySavingExpert and Which? urge minister to share 'legal advice' preventing Government from including scam ads in the Online Safety Bill
Martin Lewis, Which?, MoneySavingExpert (MSE) and, the Money & Mental Health Policy Institute have today written to the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS), calling on her to share 'legal advice' she says is blocking harmful paid-for scam advertising from being included in the upcoming Online Safety Bill.
10 November 2021
Halifax and Bank of Scotland awarded 'Mental Health Accessible' accreditation as they improve services for vulnerable customers
The Money and Mental Health Policy Institute has awarded Halifax and Bank of Scotland its 'Mental Health Accessible' accreditation for businesses.
29 September 2021
Campaigners call for action to fix 'absurd' universal credit flaws stopping vulnerable people getting help managing benefits
Campaigners have called on the Government to fix "absurd flaws" with the benefits system that prevent vulnerable people from getting help from family and friends to manage their Universal Credit accounts. Without this help, campaigners warn claimants ultimately risk losing their benefits.
26 May 2021
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
Campaigners call for new online harms regulator to cover scams as mental health sufferers 'three times as likely' to fall victim to fraud
Mental health sufferers are three times more likely to fall victim to online scams, while the coronavirus pandemic has made the threat worse - and now campaigners are calling on the Government to act
9 December 2020
Victory over debt threats as Government agrees to end distressing default letters
The Government has today agreed to change old laws which force lenders to send intimidating letters to people struggling with debt, in a key campaign victory for the Money and Mental Health Policy Institute charity set up by MoneySavingExpert.com founder Martin Lewis
7 October 2020
Millions in debt crisis to be helped by two-month 'breathing space'
New rules which will give people struggling with problem debt a grace period of 60 days to get their finances back under control are set to help millions, according to new estimates published by the Government
6 February 2020
GPs 'missing critical opportunity' to help people with mental illness avoid financial problems
Healthcare professionals have a "crucial role" in helping people with mental health problems avoid financial difficulties, according to a new report – but many patients aren't being offered this support
3 December 2019
Bank of Scotland, Halifax, Lloyds and Santander planning to let you block gambling transactions
At least four more high street banks - the Bank of Scotland, Halifax, Lloyds and Santander - are working on plans to help customers restrict their spending on gambling, after Barclays became the first to do so last month
4 January 2019
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Barclaycard customer? Check your account and don't bin post as it's refunding MORE people, with some getting £1,20025 January 2022Keep an eye out for letters from Barclaycard, even if you weren’t on a repayment plan, as its refunding more customers for incorrect fees. MSE has received an influx of accounts from customers who say they received a surprise refund, with several claiming to have been given more than £1,000.
25 January 2022Tesco Bank's new prepaid debit card is now available to all 20 million Clubcard holders following a series of trials last year
Apply now to get £140 off your energy bill via the Warm Home Discount – but hurry as many schemes are closing25 January 2022But major suppliers including British Gas, EDF and Scottish Power have now closed their schemes for 2021/22 and others will follow – so apply as soon as possible to ensure you don't miss out.
24 January 2022Martin also explained that if you're entitled to universal credit you'll be eligible for 'help to save' scheme - a Government scheme that offers a 50% savings bonus for low-income earners.
24 January 2022In addition, those who aren't fully vaccinated will no longer be required to take a day eight test or self-isolate on arrival to England.
10 January 2022This is my sixth annual steps blog. My well-documented obsession with the 'quantified self' is showing no sign of abating. According to my tracker, I did 9,284,614 steps (nearly 400,000 more than last year) – a ridiculous, hopefully healthy obsession.
29 November 2021I was invited on to BBC Radio 2 Vine's 'What Makes Us Human' programme. The brief: "write then read out an essay on one unique element of humanity, interspersed with some autobiographical notes".
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