Simon Read

Simon Read is Personal Finance Editor at The Independent. He edits the Saturday Your Money section as well as writing for the news and business pages of the Independent and i newspaper.

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Simon Read: Can't save or won't save? We just can't afford to put it off

I know many of us can't afford to save, but there are apparently millions who could but don't. Why?

Simon Read: From food banks to financial help

Food banks are surprisingly controversial things, mainly because in recent times they've become politicised. Critics say it is the Coalition's benefit cuts that have caused them to grow in number so rapidly. But for the people who use them, that's irrelevant. They are godsends that help them through hard times.

The consumer group believes that there are 14 million people who could save more with the right encouragement

Savings woes for millions prompts demand for Government action

Half of us are unhappy with the level of savings we have while a quarter of us have no savings at all. The worrying figures are included in a new Which? report published today which looked at attitudes to saving.

Those who plan a season’s long viewing could be tempted by Virgin Media’s Season Ticket deal

Armchair football fans targeted with range of discount TV deals to mark new Premier League

The start of the 2014-15 Premier League season has prompted a range of new TV deals this week.

In the last year more than 210,000 homes in England are at risk of eviction or repossession

Rocketing housing costs force almost 600 a day into facing losing their home

Nearly 600 households in England are at risk of losing their home every day, new analysis published today by a homeless charity suggests.

Pre-paid card aims to help the hard-up with lower fees and charges

Pre-paid plastic cards are growing in popularity, but can prove expensive. They’re proving popular particularly among people who can’t access mainstream finance as, because they’re Visa or Mastercard backed.

The Government may soon start using European aid money to support food banks in Britain

Food banks to offer financial help as well

Food banks are surprisingly controversial things, mainly because in recent times they’ve become politicised. Critics say they have rapidly grown in number because of the coalition’s benefit cutbacks. But for the people who use them, that’s irrelevant. They are a godsend that helps them through a difficult patch.

Financial preparation for retirement

Video: Simon Reed, Personal Finance Editor at The Independent, talks about how to financially prepare for retirement.

Money Alert: Retirees misled by government website

The Government has been accused of letting down people in Northern Ireland by giving misleading information about their pension rights.

Simon Read: Fewer payday lenders means fewer victims of debt woes

Of course I feel sorry for the 120 workers in the North-west who have suddenly lost their jobs this week because of the collapse of their employer. But the fact that their employer was a payday lender means my sympathy is tempered.

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