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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Citizens Advice has called for letting agents’ fees to be banned to protect tenants in the private rental sector.

Weekly Money

Round-up of the personal finance stories you may have missed 23 to 27 March

The FCA has outlined plans to introduce additional protection for those accessing their defined contribution pension pot – a so-called second-line of defence for consumers (Getty)

New pension freedoms bring new pension dangers

Video: Simon Read talks to Alan Higham of Fidelity Worldwide Investment

Savings they have could be crucial in making a difference between a decent life, or struggling in penury in your 70s and beyond

Pension freedom is upon us, but we mustn't take it lightly

If we want to enjoy the golden years rather than spend them running for the shadows, then we’ll need plenty of cash

Money roundup video: Inflation falls to 0% and are Help to Buy Isas attractive?

The Independent’s Personal Finance Editor Simon Read talks over the latest money news

Katherine Garrett-Cox opposes appointments at Elliott Advisors mooted by a hedge fund

Alliance chief Garrett-Cox refuses to be 'bullied' into appointing City heavyweights to the board

Katherine Garrett-Cox opposes appointments at Elliott Advisors mooted by a hedge fund

Five questions on: Annoying spam texts

There's a whole new world of pain arriving, as an army of pension scammers try to tempt you into cashing in your retirement savings

Money alert: The battle continues against BT's unfair caller display charges

Reader Stuart Baker got his money back after a month of to-ing and fro-ing

Simon Read: 'Two elections for the price of one with the Tories' Help to Buy Isa'

The £15,000 figure reveals a possible political trick the Tories pulled on us all

The Budget, says one critic, should have done more to encourage construction of affordable homes

Help for buyers but where are the homes?

A vote-winning Budget promised less tax, greater savings flexibility, and government handouts for first-time housebuyers
Put your best foot forward by donating your old boots to charity

Bargain Hunter: Comparethemarket.com launches two-for-one cinema tickets offer

From Meerkat Movies to 20 per cent off the price of a new pair of boots, Simon Read rounds up this week's best deals

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General Election 2015: The masterminds behind the scenes

The masterminds behind the election

How do you get your party leader to embrace a message and then stick to it? By employing these people
Machine Gun America: The amusement park where teenagers go to shoot a huge range of automatic weapons

Machine Gun America

The amusement park where teenagers go to shoot a huge range of automatic weapons
The ethics of pet food: Why are we are so selective in how we show animals our love?

The ethics of pet food

Why are we are so selective in how we show animals our love?
How Tansy Davies turned 9/11 into her opera 'Between Worlds'

How a composer turned 9/11 into her opera 'Between Worlds'

Tansy Davies makes her operatic debut with a work about the attack on the Twin Towers. Despite the topic, she says it is a life-affirming piece
11 best bedside tables

11 best bedside tables

It could be the first thing you see in the morning, so make it work for you. We find night stands, tables and cabinets to wake up to
Italy vs England player ratings: Did Andros Townsend's goal see him beat Harry Kane and Wayne Rooney to top marks?

Italy vs England player ratings

Did Townsend's goal see him beat Kane and Rooney to top marks?
Danny Higginbotham: An underdog's tale of making the most of it

An underdog's tale of making the most of it

Danny Higginbotham on being let go by Manchester United, annoying Gordon Strachan, utilising his talents to the full at Stoke and plunging into the world of analysis
Audley Harrison's abusers forget the debt he's due, but Errol Christie will always remember what he owes the police

Steve Bunce: Inside Boxing

Audley Harrison's abusers forget the debt he's due, but Errol Christie will always remember what he owes the police
No postcode? No vote

Floating voters

How living on a houseboat meant I didn't officially 'exist'
Louis Theroux's affable Englishman routine begins to wear thin

By Reason of Insanity

Louis Theroux's affable Englishman routine begins to wear thin
Power dressing is back – but no shoulderpads!

Power dressing is back

But banish all thoughts of Eighties shoulderpads
Spanish stone-age cave paintings 'under threat' after being re-opened to the public

Spanish stone-age cave paintings in Altamira 'under threat'

Caves were re-opened to the public
'I was the bookies’ favourite to be first to leave the Cabinet'

Vince Cable interview

'I was the bookies’ favourite to be first to leave the Cabinet'
Election 2015: How many of the Government's coalition agreement promises have been kept?

Promises, promises

But how many coalition agreement pledges have been kept?
The Gaza fisherman who built his own reef - and was shot dead there by an Israeli gunboat

The death of a Gaza fisherman

He built his own reef, and was fatally shot there by an Israeli gunboat