Amalia Illgner

Money Reporter & Writer

Amalia joined MSE in October 2019, having spent three years as a freelance journalist covering everything from unpaid internships, the Papal visit to Armenia and blockchain technology. Now part of MSE's Money team, she is keen to help readers navigate the maze of tax and benefits.

In her spare time, Amalia used to enjoy mountain hikes, sipping on cocktails and was partial to a delicious tasting menu – but since she had her baby, all she wants to do is curl up into a ball and get more than two consecutive hours of sleep.

Latest from Amalia Illgner

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.

31 January 2023

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.

30 January 2023

I'm a mortgage prisoner – what can I do?

I'm a mortgage prisoner – what can I do?

Mortgage prisoners are homeowners trapped on pricey mortgage deals. This MoneySavingExpet guide helps you check if you're a mortgage prisoner and your options.

13 January 2023

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.

10 January 2023

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.

13 December 2022

Child benefit

Child benefit

13 October 2022

Credit Unions

Credit Unions

Credit unions offer non-profit savings and loans to local communities. Find a credit union near you, how safe they are and when to use one with MoneySavingExpert.

12 September 2022

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.

27 April 2022

Can I get help towards my child's school uniform costs?

Can I get help towards my child's school uniform costs?

If you're on a low income, you could get as much as £200 a year towards the cost of your child's school uniform – saving you £100s or even £1,000s (if you have more than one child) over their school years

13 October 2021

'I'm self-employed but confused about whether I can claim the fifth grant' – Unsure? Here's what you need to know

'I'm self-employed but confused about whether I can claim the fifth grant' – Unsure? Here's what you need to know

100s of self-employed people are confused about what constitutes being “adversely affected” by coronavirus, we have some helpful scenarios to work out where you stand, as well as HMRC’s guidance.

1 October 2021

Coronavirus Universal Credit & Benefits

Coronavirus Universal Credit & Benefits

If you're suddenly unable to work due to the coronavirus crisis, or you've been laid off, this guide looks at what benefits you can claim, what you're entitled to under universal credit plus tells you how to make a claim.

1 October 2021

Coronavirus Self-Employed & Small Limited Company Help

Coronavirus Self-Employed & Small Limited Company Help

If you're worried about work during the coronavirus crisis, this guide looks at your rights if you're self employed, including what help's there for limited company directors.

1 October 2021

FCA raises concerns over Amigo’s proposed redress scheme but 'won’t take action to block it'

FCA raises concerns over Amigo’s proposed redress scheme but 'won’t take action to block it'

The financial watchdog does not support a redress scheme proposed by the guarantor loans sector's largest lender, Amigo Loans, it's been revealed. But the Financial Conduct Authority doesn't plan to take action to stop the scheme if it's agreed on by borrowers and sanctioned by the High Court

25 March 2021

Budget 2021: Universal credit £20/week uplift to continue for a further six months

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

Amigo wants to limit guarantor loan mis-selling payouts to avoid going bust – what it means for you

Amigo wants to limit guarantor loan mis-selling payouts to avoid going bust – what it means for you

Anyone with a current or future guarantor loan mis-selling claim from the sector's largest lender, Amigo Loans, may not get the full amount they're owed

22 December 2020