Amalia Illgner

Senior Writer – Money Features

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Visa, Mastercard & Amex chargeback

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.

20 May 2024

Bereavement support payments

Bereavement support payments

You may be due bereavement support payments worth £1,000s if your partner dies before you reach state pension age. Co-habiting parents are newly eligible.

14 May 2024

Carer's allowance & carer's credit: What support can I get?

Carer's allowance & carer's credit: What support can I get?

Carer's allowance and carer's credit provide support for carers on low or no pay. Check if you can boost your state pension and get £4,000 a year in help.

7 May 2024

Grandparents' childcare credit

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.

7 May 2024

What is Attendance Allowance and how do I claim it?

What is Attendance Allowance and how do I claim it?

You could get Attendance Allowance if you're state pension age and need help due to illness or disability. Up to 1.1 million pensioners are missing out on this vital help worth £1,000s.

16 April 2024

Child Benefit

Child Benefit

Child Benefit is a monthly payment which can be worth over £17,000 (or more if you have two or more children). This MSE guide gives full info on the benefit.

16 April 2024

Tax-Free Childcare

Tax-Free Childcare

Learn how Tax-Free Childcare works and if you're eligible for the scheme, which can pay up to £2,000 per child - MoneySavingExpert.

5 April 2024

Grant grabbing

Grant grabbing

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.

25 March 2024

Financial Ombudsman – your rights

Financial Ombudsman – your rights

Many complaints to the financial Ombudsman WIN! Find out from MoneySavingExpert’s guide how to complain, get help & claim compensation.

19 March 2024

Reclaim payday & other bad credit loans

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.

7 December 2023

Gov.uk info misleads bereaved parents into thinking they're entitled to £1,000s in support – MSE calls for urgent clarification

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

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 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

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

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