MSE pressure forces broker Tembo to remove ads encouraging people to pay off student loans by remortgaging
Mortgage broker Tembo has taken down misleading online adverts encouraging people to remortgage to repay their student loans after pressure from MoneySavingExpert.com.
12 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
Fixed rate mortgages below 2% axed from the market as interest rates continue to rise - here's all you need to know
Fixed rates on mortgages have increased rapidly since the start of 2022 and today less than 10 sit at below 2%. If you’re able to switch mortgage or hoping to get a new one and want a deal at current rates, you better do so now as they won’t be around for long.
11 May 2022
Bank of England increases base rate to 1% – what the rise means for your mortgage and savings
The Bank of England has increased base rates to 1% from 0.75% after the Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) voted in favour of a rise. The base rate is used by the central bank to charge other banks and lenders when they borrow money – and influences what borrowers pay and savers earn.
10 May 2022
Ground rents to be banned on new leases from 30 June saving homeowners £100s/yr – here's what's happening
Ground rent is to be scrapped on new leases in England and Wales from 30 June when the Leasehold Reform (Ground Rent) Act takes force, the Government announced today (22 April).
22 April 2022
Countryside and Taylor Wimpey ordered to remove 'unfair' doubling ground rent clauses from leases
Two major house builders have been ordered to remove 'unfair' leasehold clauses that allow them to double ground rents every 10 or 15 years. It comes after the competition watchdog found these terms can make it 'impossible' for people to sell or get a mortgage
18 March 2022
Eight mortgage cost-cutting need-to-knows with interest rate rises on the cards
A UK rate rise is on the cards, so can you lock-in cheaply now to save £1,000s?. Here's Martin's mortgage heads up.
16 November 2021
Mortgage rates hit record low AGAIN as Halifax launches 0.83% two-year fix – how to find the best deal for you
Halifax has launched a two-year fixed mortgage with a record low interest rate of 0.83%. It comes amid a mortgage rate war with five-year fixes also dropping below 1% for the first time EVER last month. It's yet another reminder to check whether you could save £1,000s on your own mortgage now.
9 August 2021
Mortgage prisoner review launched amid concerns even MORE homeowners could be trapped on expensive rates
More homeowners than previously thought could be trapped on expensive mortgage rates and unable to switch, the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has admitted.
26 July 2021
First ever sub-1% five-year mortgage fix launched by Nationwide – check if you can take advantage of record low rates
Nationwide's deal is another reminder of the fierce competition between lenders – there's no better time to check if you could save £1,000s on your mortgage
21 July 2021
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19 May 2022Boots and Co-op are the latest retailers to increase the price of their meal deals. Boots has upped costs from £3.39 to £3.59, and from £3.99 to £4.19 in its London shops, while Co-op's meal deal has jumped from £3.50 to £3.75.
Financial regulator to punish banks and building societies that don't protect people's access to cash19 May 2022Under the new 'Financial Services and Markets Bill' banks and building societies will have to ensure cash withdrawal and deposit facilities are available to customers in communities across the UK.
Two MoneySavers reclaim £1,000+: How to check and challenge incorrect water bills if you use a soakaway or septic tank19 May 2022Two MoneySavingExpert.com users have secured refunds and compensation worth thousands - and reduced their waste water bills - after arguing their bills should have been lower as their homes aren't connected to public sewers. Here's how others in England and Wales can maybe do the same.
Thousands of Vodafone customers unable to redeem Airtime Rewards to put towards their phone bill – here’s what you can do19 May 2022Almost 14,000 Vodafone customers have been unable to redeem Airtime Rewards against their mobile phone bill since the start of May due to a technical glitch. The cashback scheme has implemented a temporary fix, which sees cashback paid into your bank account, for now. Here is all you need to know.
Lloyds Banking Group to shut another 20 Lloyds branches and eight Halifax outlets - here's what's happening18 May 2022Lloyds Banking Group has announced a further round of branch closures, with 28 more outlets being shut across the UK between August and November this year. The closures are made up of 20 Lloyds Bank branches and eight Halifax outlets.
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.
3 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.
26 April 2022It's hard to believe the Money and Mental Health Policy Institute (MMHPI) charity is now six years old. As the chair of trustees, each year I write the foreword to its annual report – and today the 2021/22 report is out, so I thought I'd blog my formal chair's foreword here.
Martin Lewis: What happened to my pledge to give £10m to charity – 2022 update (spoiler: it's now £20m)11 April 2022Nearly a decade ago, in June 2012, MSE joined the MSM Group and I pledged £10m to go to charity. As that was a public pledge and I feel I've a duty of transparency, every year or two I bash out a blog report to explain where I'm up to, and who's got what money.
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