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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Simon Read: 'The big idea of banks? To get out of all our villages'

NatWest shut 149 branches last year and is closing 99 in 2015

Five questions on: Debt-management firms

They exist to help struggling people get out of debt, don't they?

Bank account scam fraudsters trick victims into transferring £23.6m in past year

Neighbourhood Watch is hoping its army of 173,000 volunteers can crack down on the crooks and help people avoid becoming victims

On track for a saving: the £1 deal runs through most of August but you need to book in early July

Bargain Hunter: Take your children on Eurostar on a £1 ticket

The fare is available for travel to Paris, Brussels, Lille, Calais and Belgium

'The things I'd seen weren't unusual in the Army,' said Ady. 'On the outside it was different'

Simon Read: 'Speak to those who care: debt problems multiply when you keep them all in'

Many veterans face mental and physical problems that can lead to financial crises

Continuing low interest rates are encouraging more people to switch to interest-only mortgages

Interest-only mortgages return to give more flexibility to borrowers

The credit crunch put a temporary end to these once-popular mortgages. But lenders are waking up to rising demand and relaxing their rules
Some debt-management firms are accused of selling customers unsuitable products

FCA condemns debt managers for deepening distress of borrowers

Firms make people's money problems worse by selling unsuitable products

Weekly Money: The personal finance stories you might have missed 22 to 26 June

Debt managers in the dock, dodgy websites, credit card payments, NatWest closures, bank account scam

There are now more than three million people in “severe problem debt”

Debt managers are misleading vulnerable people, warns watchdog

One debtor was given a repayment plan that would have taken 125 years to repay

NatWest has ripped up its pledge to never be the last bank in town

NatWest pledged five years ago it wouldn't close the last bank in town. Now villagers have been told the branch shuts in September

When the last bank closes, local shops quickly go out of business

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