Royal Mail opens its 'Swap Out' scheme for 1st and 2nd class stamps without barcodes – here's everything you need to know
The Royal Mail Swap Out scheme, which will allow you to swap first and second class stamps for new, barcoded ones, is now open. We break down everything you need to know.
31 March 2022
Check pockets and purses for paper £20 and £50 notes as there are millions of them still around – and you'll soon no longer be able to use them
Time to check down the back of your sofas for any soon-to-be-discontinued paper £20 and £50 notes as the latest figures from the Bank of England show there’s £17.6 billion-worth still floating around. But be quick as there are only a few months left before they become invalid.
25 March 2022
Lloyds Banking Group to shut 60 UK branches, including Bank of Scotland, Lloyds and Halifax outlets – here is the full list of banks closing
Lloyds Banking Group has announced its closing 60 of its branches across the UK, in another blow to its customers. The closures include 24 Lloyds banks, 19 Bank of Scotland and 17 Halifax branches.
23 March 2022
Post Office savings accounts to no longer accept payments from non-linked accounts
Certain Post Office savings accounts will no longer accept payments into them from 1 March 2022 unless they're from a linked current account (or if they're via cheque or cash).
9 March 2022
Stamp prices to rise by 12% – but there is a way to beat the increase
From 4 April the price of a first-class stamp will rise by 10p, while a second-class stamp will rise by 2p.
4 March 2022
Royal Mail U-turn means Christmas stamps CAN still be used after 2023 despite shift to barcode system
The postal service had initially announced, as part of a wider shake-up, that Christmas stamps would be replaced by new barcoded versions from 31 January 2023.
4 March 2022
Millions of people who rely on the Post Office for banking and cash will be able to continue to do so until the start of 2026 – here are all the details
Millions of bankers who use the Post Office to withdraw cash can continue to use the service until the end of 2025. Some 30 banks and building societies reached an agreement with the service today, allowing customers to use Post Office counters for basic banking.
31 January 2022
Facebook Marketplace launches new postal service but sellers will be charged to use it from January – here’s all you need to know
From January 2022, sellers who sell items on Facebook Marketplace that are set to be delivered to the buyer will be charged 2% - here is what you need to know.
31 December 2021
Starling Bank to introduce fee for current account holders who deposit more than £1,000 a year via the Post Office
Starling customers who deposit cash into their account via the Post Office will be charged 0.7% per payment over £1,000 from 1 March 2022 in sweeping changes announced by the bank.
17 December 2021
Royal Mail suffers delivery delays in 23 areas in the run-up to Christmas – check to see if you’re affected
Royal Mail customers in 23 locations across the UK could face delivery delays in the run up to Christmas.
15 December 2021
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27 May 2022John Lewis has partnered with rental clothing brand thelittleloop to launch a subscription rental service for children's clothes. Customers will pay a monthly, quarterly or six month fee to borrow between 6 and 14 items. Here’s how it’ll work.
27 May 2022Online shoppers at Morrisons will now see a 5% holding "deposit" taken on top of their total bill to help cover the cost of substitutions, the supermarket has said. So ensure you have the extra money in your account to place an order and bear in mind you can't access this cash until your final bill clears.
Martin Lewis backs calls to ensure search engines must prevent scam ads as part of the Online Safety Bill - here's all you need to know26 May 2022MoneySavingExpert (MSE) founder Martin Lewis has backed calls by consumer group Which? to tighten the wording within the forthcoming Online Safety Bill to ensure search engines, as well as social media companies, are forced to prevent fraudulent ads from appearing on their platforms. As it stands, the wording states that search engines only have to "minimise" fake ads.
Watch Martin Lewis's Q&A with Rishi Sunak on the new cost of living support package – plus more info on today's announcement26 May 2022Martin puts his, MSE users' and his social media followers' questions to Rishi Sunak following today's announcement of a new cost of living crisis support package.
Morrisons becomes the fourth major retailer to hike meal deal prices this year - here's how it compares24 May 2022Morrisons has increased the cost of its meal deal by 50p from £3 to £3.50, making it the fourth major retailer to up prices this year. Here's how it compares.
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.
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.
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