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Royal Mail waives £5 penalties for some amid crackdown on fake stamps – here's what to watch out for

Royal Mail is temporarily waiving its £5 penalty fee for anyone who receives a letter with a fake stamp on it while it takes fresh action against counterfeits. It's also developing a new tool that will help people to check whether a stamp they've bought is legitimate before using it.

30 April 2024

Spotify to hike prices by up to £24 a year – here's what's happening

If you've got a Spotify Individual, Duo or Family account you'll see prices rise by up to £2 a month (equivalent to £24 a year) in a month's time, the music streaming service has announced.

30 April 2024

Got a text, email or letter from the Met Police? Don't ignore it – you may need to act to protect yourself from scams

If you got a text message or email from the Metropolitan Police between 4pm and 6pm on Wednesday 17 April – or you get a letter in the next few days – don't ignore it.

18 April 2024

State pension boosting to become easier as new online tool to launch within six months

A new online service designed to simplify how you check and pay for voluntary national insurance contributions is due to launch before the end of this financial year, the Government has confirmed to MoneySavingExpert.com.

8 April 2024

HMRC to close self-assessment helpline from April to October each year – here's how to get help when you need it

If you need to contact HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) for help with your tax return, you'll soon only be able to do this online in most cases. Starting from next month, HMRC will be closing its self-assessment telephone helpline for half the year – and will only open it for "priority calls" the rest of the time.

20 March 2024

Council tax set to rise for millions in April with most facing 5% hikes – here's what you need to know

Council tax bills will rise for millions of people from 1 April, with most local authorities in England preparing increases of 5% – adding around £100 to a typical band D bill. In Wales, most councils are planning rises of between around 5% to 10%.

12 March 2024

Exclusive: Almost one million people in England overpaid for NHS prescriptions in 2022/23 – are you one of them? Here's how to cut your costs

If you get more than one prescription a month on average, you could save with a prescriptions 'season ticket' – here's how.

20 February 2024

Self-employed or a high earner? Don't miss the 31 January 2024 self-assessment tax return deadline – or risk a £100 fine and 7.75% interest

If you're one of the millions of taxpayers still to file their online self-assessment tax return or pay the tax due, you've just days left until the deadline. Here's what you need to do to avoid a £100 fine and interest charges of 7.75%.

30 January 2024

Banks to be forced to refund some scam victims from next year as reimbursement rules confirmed – here's what you need to know

Banks will be required to refund most victims of bank transfer scams – known as "authorised push payment (APP)" fraud – from 7 October 2024, under new mandatory reimbursement rules confirmed today.

19 December 2023

One week left: Disney+ prices to rise in major shake-up – but you could save up to £52 a year if you act NOW

Disney+ is hiking the price of its existing subscription by up to £36 a year from 1 November 2023.

24 October 2023