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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Moment of truth for payday lenders: Watchdog plans to curb cost of short-term loans

The chief of the City watchdog, Martin Wheatley, spoke exclusively to The Independent's Simon Read about its attempts to control the worst excesses of unscrupulous high-cost credit companies

'Scrap the trap': calls for change grow as banks are told to play fair with loyal savers

City regulator says existing customers suffer worst rates

Bargain Hunter: Eurostar offers child fares for £1 each way to Paris, Brussels and Lille

From next Wednesday Eurostar will offer child fares for just £1 each way to Paris, Brussels and Lille throughout August.

Five Questions On: Putting last year's price on insurance quotes

That sounds like a good idea. Who's suggested it - one of the consumer groups?

Npower and Scottish Power complaints leap as energy giants report billing problems

The number of complaints made about energy giants npower and Scottish Power has doubled in three months.

Consumers given power to choose a green deal

How would you like to be able to choose how your electricity is made and even where it come from? It may sound futuristic and fanciful but the independent supplier Co-operative Energy has made it a reality this week.

Scottish Power and Npower complaints double in three months

Npower firmly rooted to the bottom of the complaints table

Co-operative Energy looks to future with User Chooser

How would you like to be able to decide what energy source and even the precise generator that the energy you use in your home comes from? It may sound futuristic and fanciful but independent supplier Co-operative Energy is making it a reality.

Putting money under the bed is a great idea

Long-term readers will recall my rage at discovering that my savings account – which, admittedly only contained a couple of hundred pounds – had been changed behind my back to pay interest of 0.1 per cent.

Savers are being ripped off by banks, says City watchdog

The City watchdog confirmed yesterday what millions of savers have known for years – that we’re being ripped off by our banks. How? The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has concluded that banks penalise loyal customers with lower interest rates.

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