Amalia Illgner

Senior Writer – Money Features

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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

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

Can I get a refund on static caravan fees if I can't use it due to coronavirus?

Can I get a refund on static caravan fees if I can't use it due to coronavirus?

We're looking into what rights you have as a static caravan owner

1 July 2020

Even HMRC's webinars are confused about the second self-employment grant's timing

Even HMRC's webinars are confused about the second self-employment grant's timing

HM Revenue & Customs has apologised after a webinar it ran gave out incorrect information

23 June 2020

Beware mortgage payment holiday calculation errors – make sure you aren't being overcharged

Beware mortgage payment holiday calculation errors – make sure you aren't being overcharged

If you're taking a mortgage holiday, check what your payment will change to when you start repaying. Here's what you need to know about what to look out for.

28 April 2020

Homeowners remortgaging on Fridays or at weekends face £100+ in extra costs

Homeowners remortgaging on Fridays or at weekends face £100+ in extra costs

Thousands of homeowners who remortgage to new lenders are paying extra cash as their old deals end on a Friday, Saturday or bank holiday

4 December 2019

Are you one of 3.4m disabled over-65s missing out on up to £4,500/yr to help with care?

Are you one of 3.4m disabled over-65s missing out on up to £4,500/yr to help with care?

More than 3.4 million disabled pensioners could be missing out on up to £4,500 a year in help towards the costs of their care, a national debt charity has warned

22 November 2019

National insurance number delays hit 16-year-olds trying to beat Help to Buy ISA deadline

National insurance number delays hit 16-year-olds trying to beat Help to Buy ISA deadline

Some 16-year-olds are struggling to open a Help to Buy ISA before the deadline at the end of this month because they haven't yet received their NI numbers

14 November 2019