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
Budget 2021: Universal credit £20/week uplift to continue for a further six months
Universal credit claimants will continue to get a £20/week uplift to their payments for a further six months, Chancellor Rishi Sunak has confirmed in his Budget 2021 today.
3 March 2021
Martin Lewis: 'Big cut in universal credit for many self-employed coming on 13 November – contact your MP if hit'
MSE founder Martin Lewis has warned of the "sinkhole" waiting for many self-employed people in November, when the planned return of the universal credit "minimum income floor" rule could slash payments, as they'll be assumed to have more income than they do
27 October 2020
New pension credit rules could cost some with younger partners £7,000 a year
Pensioners who live in a couple will only be able to make a new claim for pension credit when both partners are over the state pension age, under new rules to come into effect in May
15 January 2019
Budget 2018: What you need to know, incl changes to tax, benefits, Premium Bonds & more
Read our full round-up of the Chancellor Philip Hammond's 2018 Budget
30 October 2018
Budget 2018: Universal credit work allowance increased
Universal credit work allowances are to increase by £1,000 a year for working families and those with disabilities, meaning an extra £630 a year in their pockets, the Chancellor revealed today.
29 October 2018
Fifth of universal credit claimants still paid late
A fifth of universal credit claimants are still receiving their first payment late, a new report reveals
15 June 2018
Autumn Budget 2017: Universal credit to be paid out earlier
Universal credit claimants will no longer have to wait six weeks before receiving their first payout
22 November 2017
Universal credit helpline charges to be scrapped
Charges of up to 55p a minute for calls to a universal credit helpline are to be scrapped
18 October 2017
Victory for graduates as PM pledges to raise student loan repayment threshold
Prime Minister Theresa May has said that the student loan repayment threshold will be increased
1 October 2017
28 July 2021
First Direct's £100 bank switch bribe - go quick
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New. Broadband price war
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Travel insurance from £9/week
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New. Help if you're 'pinged' or told to isolate
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Slash PCR travel test costs to £40
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'I reclaimed £3,500 in packaged bank fees'
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Card providers to 'reserve' up to £100 when you pay at supermarket fuel pumps - here's what's happening27 July 2021Motorists paying for fuel at automated supermarket pumps across the UK now face having up to £100 on their debit or credit card temporarily "reserved" while they fill up to make sure they can afford the fuel in advance. Here's what's happening and what it means for you.
27 July 2021Virgin Mobile is to close down its pay-as-you go (PAYG) services from January 2022 in a move that impacts 123,000 customers. Here's what it means for your plan, mobile number, and unused credit.
27 July 2021The coronavirus outbreak is causing major travel disruption around the globe
Mortgage prisoner review launched amid concerns even MORE homeowners could be trapped on expensive rates26 July 2021More homeowners than previously thought could be trapped on expensive mortgage rates and unable to switch, the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has admitted.
Plans for bailiffs to be self-regulated revealed but Martin Lewis warns compulsory regulation that all firms must follow is needed26 July 2021Plans for bailiffs in England and Wales to be self-regulated have been put forward by the Centre for Social Justice in a bid to better protect people in debt. But Martin Lewis, founder of MoneySavingExpert.com, warns that the industry-funded body doesn't go far enough, saying that every bailiff firm needs to be "tightly and independently" regulated.
Martin Lewis: Why you shouldn't worry too much about your credit score – it’s not actually a real thing14 June 2021When it comes to finances, numbers are key – whether it's what you earn, your credit card balance or the interest rate on your mortgage, small changes can add up to a big difference. Yet there's one number you shouldn't pay too much attention to – your credit score.
26 July 2021
22 July 2021
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