Prepay for your energy? You could keep today's cheaper rates for a little longer – here's how
Many with older prepayment meters could potentially delay the upcoming price hikes and keep the cheaper rates under the current price cap for a little longer.
1 March 2022
EDF Energy to hike bills by an average £693/year after energy price cap rise
Around two million EDF Energy customers on standard tariffs will see gas and electricity bills jump by a typical £693/yr from April, after it announced it's raising prices by the maximum allowed under the new price cap
9 February 2022
Octopus Energy to offer free electricity to smart meter customers who can use less energy during peak hours
Octopus Energy will offer free electricity to its 1.4 million smart meter customers who can hit electricity reduction targets during peak hours.
9 February 2022
Regulator Ofgem could update the energy price cap every three months
Ofgem has announced today that it will be reviewing whether to update the energy price cap more regularly in future as a result of the "unprecedented rise in wholesale market prices and volatility".
4 February 2022
Tens of thousands of Three customers to lose 'free' roaming abroad as they're 'forced' on to new contracts - here's all you need to know
MoneySavingExpert.com can reveal that the mobile operator is 'forcing' certain customers to sign up to new plans, which means they'll lose their 'free' roaming benefit.
21 January 2022
Virgin Media offers automatic discounts to customers put on hold – but wait to speak to someone in person as you may get a better deal
Virgin Media is offering automated discounts to cable customers put on hold who call up seeking a price cut, MoneySavingExpert.com has learned, although we've also heard of users securing far better deals if they stay on the line and haggle in person.
19 January 2022
Together Energy ceases trading – here's what it means for your gas and electricity
Together Energy, including its subsidiary Bristol Energy, has ceased trading. In total, the two brands have about 176,000 household customers between them. If you're affected, your supply will continue and credit balances are protected. While it's likely you'll pay more now, there are no savings to be had by switching.
18 January 2022
Energy supplier failures will add an extra £94 to household bills next year, warns Citizens Advice
The recent collapse of many UK energy companies will add an extra £94 to household bills from next year as the firms left in the market look to pass on the costs of taking on stranded customers, according to a damning new report from Citizens Advice that is also highly critical of the regulator.
10 December 2021
Orbit Energy and Entice Energy cease trading – here's what it means for your gas and electricity
If you're affected, your supply will continue and credit balances are protected. While it's likely you'll pay more now, there are no savings to be had by switching.
25 November 2021
Bulb collapses into 'special administration' – what it means for your gas and electricity
Under the special administration there is no change to your supply and any credit balances will be protected. If you're on prepay, you can also continue to top up as normal, while if you're in the process of switching to or from Bulb, this will also proceed as planned.
25 November 2021
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24 June 2022Free lateral flow tests in Wales will continue to be available for people showing Covid symptoms up until 30 July.
24 June 2022Private car park operators in England, Scotland and Wales will no longer be able to set fines above £50 in the majority of circumstances, under new rules set out by the Government.
You've got 100 days to use paper £20 and £50 notes before they become unusable - so check your pockets and down the back of sofas now23 June 2022Time is running out to check down the back of your sofa for any soon-to-be-discontinued paper £20 and £50 notes. There are only 100 days left before they become invalid but the latest figures from the Bank of England show there are almost £15 billion-worth of notes still around.
New Government-backed interest-free loan scheme to be rolled out across the UK from September – here’s how it works23 June 2022Vulnerable people who have been rejected from borrowing will apply to apply for a one-off no interest loan scheme (NILs) from September. The scheme aims to reach 20,000 struggling to pay off debt, with them being able to borrow anything from £100 to £2,000 – here’s how it’ll work.
Barclays to shut a further 15 bank branches this year - check if yours is closing and what your options are23 June 2022Barclays has announced another round of bank branch closures, with 15 more outlets set to shut by the end of the year. The latest closures mean Barclays will close 55 branches by the end of the year. Below we list the branches disappearing and what the alternatives are if you still want face-to-face banking.
17 June 2022It is a national tragedy that getting on for a million pensioners, many of whom have been paying into the system for years, are missing out on a critical boost to their income. It's called pension credit, and this year it also means you get an extra £650 to help with energy bills.
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.
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