Simon Read

Simon Read is Personal Finance Editor at The Independent. He edits the Saturday Your Money section and writes the Daily Money column and Wednesday’s Midweek Money section in i newspaper. He also writes for the news and business pages of the Independent and i newspaper and is a regular money commentator on TV station London Live. He has won numerous awards including Consumer Finance Journalist of the Year.

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Renting from a rogue landlord? It’s time to know your rights

Some 125,000 tenants have been victims of abusive landlords in the past year

Dodgy motors are causing grief for consumers

Companies must 'Try, try, try, just a little bit harder' to please consumers

Being flogged a dodgy motor is consumers' number one gripe, but mobile phones aren't far behind

Airport VAT scam: Five things you need to know about the boarding pass rip-off

The Independent unearthed the scam – and led the charge to end it

Sheffield Money offers an ethical alternative to high-cost payday lenders

The new lender is a not-for-profit broker business that brings together responsible lenders as well as independent money and debt advice

Carers credit could boost future state pensions by more than £200 per year

Currently, only 11,000 people have signed up for the credit, which contributes to their national insurance record, yet around 200,000 are thought to be eligible

Hot property: business has been booming in estate agents this month, even though it’s the height of the summer holiday season

Heat rises for mortgage deals as UK homeowners sense a rate hike coming

The housing market should go quiet in August but instead people have been acting like cheap loans won't last. Do we really have to rush, asks Simon Read
Customers of Kate Hudson's firm need to get active cancelling payments

Kate Hudson's online sports brand Fabletics drains your account if you don't say 'stop'

The nefarious scheme snatches £44 a month from teenagers' accounts

Fast show: the SmartGlider has a nine-mile range at up to 10mph

Bargain Hunter: Exclusive discount on a SmartGlider - a self-balancing electric scooter

One lucky reader will win one of the highly sought-after fun items

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Weekly Money: the stories we noticed 10 to 14 August

The personal finance news you may have missed this week

Airport shop VAT scam: Why you should refuse to show your boarding pass at airport retailers - video

The Independent's Simon Read explains why you should think twice before presenting your boarding pass at an airport retailer

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‘Can we really just turn away?’

Dead bodies, men drowning, women miscarrying – a senior UN figure on the horrors he has witnessed among migrants arriving on Lampedusa, and urges politicians not to underestimate our caring nature
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... and not just because of Isis vandalism
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