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Bereavement support payments
You may be due bereavement support payments if your partner dies before you reach state pension age. A recent law change means co-habiting parents are newly eligible and can get backdated payments worth £10,000s. But you must claim by 8 February 2024.
13 September 2023
Child Benefit is a monthly payment that can be worth over £17,000 (or more if you have two or more children). This MSE guide gives full info on the benefit.
1 September 2023
Financial Ombudsman – your rights
Many complaints to the financial Ombudsman WIN! Find out from MoneySavingExpert’s guide how to complain, get help & claim compensation.
22 August 2023
Aged 45 to 72? Urgently consider buying national insurance years
If you're aged between 45 and 72(ish), you may find that buying extra national insurance years is the best way to boost your state pension. If you're eligible, the returns can be huge. Learn more about who might be eligible and how to do it.
15 August 2023
Learn how Tax-Free Childcare works and if you're eligible for the scheme, which can pay up to £2,000 per child - MoneySavingExpert.
18 July 2023
If you care (or cared) for someone for 20+ hours a week, carer's credit could boost your state pension by £1,000s. They work by protecting your national insurance record, which is what dictates your state pension amount. Here's what you need to know.
6 June 2023
Visa, Mastercard & Amex chargeback
This MoneySavingExpert guide tells you how to use chargeback to get money back from your bank if goods are faulty or services aren't delivered.
9 May 2023
Grandparents' childcare credit
If you're a working-age adult who cares for a young family member while the child's parents work, there's a little-known benefit that could boost your state pension by £1,000s. 'Specified adult childcare credits' work by filling in gaps in your national insurance record. See if you qualify and how to apply.
18 April 2023
The government and charities have grants to help those on a low income or with children pay for things they might not be able to - search from 1000s.
23 March 2023
Reclaim payday & other bad credit loans
If you got a payday loan that you couldn't repay as the lender didn't check your finances or kept trying to sell it repeatedly, you may be able to reclaim £100s using MoneySavingExpert's tool.
27 April 2022
Reclaim mis-sold car finance loans for free
11 April 2022
Gov.uk info misleads bereaved parents into thinking they're entitled to £1,000s in support – MSE calls for urgent clarification
Unmarried bereaved parents have been left saddened and confused after claims for financial support were rejected or they got less than they were initially entitled to.
23 August 2023
Warning: 100,000s who took time off work to look after kids could be owed £1,000s in state pension payments – what you need to know
You don't need to do anything for the time being, though you will need to claim your missing state pension payments later this year.
13 July 2023
Parents on Universal Credit will be able to get £100s more in help with childcare costs from 28 June – here's what you need to know
Parents on Universal Credit with high childcare costs will soon be able to claim £100s more in support each month, as the Government is boosting the help available from Wednesday 28 June.
26 June 2023
Budget 2023: Childcare support to be boosted for children from nine months and for parents on universal credit – here's what you need to know
The announcements form a package of new measures designed to help parents, revealed by the Chancellor in today's Budget.
22 March 2023
Crucial deadline to boost your state pension extended to 31 July – here's what you need to know
The deadline to top up missing national insurance years between 2006 and 2016 has been extended to 31 July 2023.
7 March 2023