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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The tax-free personal allowance will climb to £10,600 from April 2015

Autumn Statement: Income tax changes ‘won’t help working poor’

The tax-free personal allowance will rise to £10,600 – but campaigners say it’s not enough

Autumn Statement: Cut in stamp duty 'will affect 98% of homebuyers'

Stamp duty will only go up on houses over £937,000

Simon Read: Prepare for more pension tinkering

It will be the lasting legacy of the Chancellor that he introduced new pension freedoms

Christmas dinner to be cheaper this year as price falls for first time since 2006

Fresh food slipped 0.3% over the year, led by a fall in the price of vegetables

Money roundup video: Shopping online; why credit brokers are facing a crackdown and video banking

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

Pension buzzwords: What they really mean

Video: Confused about pension credit cards, pension liberation and pension passports?

City watchdog clamps down on credit brokers

The rules will ban brokers from charging fees to customers unless they ensure that customers are given clear information

Simon Read: Beware of buying just because the retailer says it's a bargain

With Christmas approaching, shops have been getting themselves into something of a frenzy this week hoping to attract us all in to spend our hard-earned cash on things we probably can't afford.

Simon Read: Did you take out a pension mortgage? They were sold as ideal but it looks like a lot of people might tell you otherwise

I asked last week for experiences of pension mortgages and many of you wrote in. The stories are instructive in helping me to build up a picture – one that is already looking quite alarming.

Barclays joins mortgage wars with two-year tracker at 0.79 per cent above base rate

This week Barclays became the latest bank to join a mortgage battle in which the cost of borrowing among a range of lenders has kept tumbling recently. On Thursday the bank cut rates on a number of deals, the highlight being a two-year tracker at 0.79 per cent above base rate.

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'Jilan killed herself in the bathroom. She cut her wrists and hanged herself'

Yazidi girls killing themselves to escape rape and imprisonment
Ed Balls interview: 'If I think about the deficit when I'm playing the piano, it all goes wrong'

Ed Balls interview

'If I think about the deficit when I'm playing the piano, it all goes wrong'
He's behind you, dude!

US stars in UK panto

From David Hasselhoff to Jerry Hall
Grace Dent's Christmas Quiz: What are you – a festive curmudgeon or top of the tree?

Grace Dent's Christmas Quiz

What are you – a festive curmudgeon or top of the tree?
Nasa planning to build cloud cities in airships above Venus

Nasa planning to build cloud cities in airships above Venus

Planet’s surface is inhospitable to humans but 30 miles above it is almost perfect
Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history - clocks, rifles, frogmen’s uniforms and colonial helmets

Clocks, rifles, swords, frogmen’s uniforms

Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history
Return to Gaza: Four months on, the wounds left by Israel's bombardment have not yet healed

Four months after the bombardment, Gaza’s wounds are yet to heal

Kim Sengupta is reunited with a man whose plight mirrors the suffering of the Palestinian people
Gastric surgery: Is it really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

Is gastric surgery really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

Critics argue that it’s crazy to operate on healthy people just to stop them eating
Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction Part 2 - now LIVE

Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction

Bid on original art, or trips of a lifetime to Africa or the 'Corrie' set, and help Homeless Veterans
Pantomime rings the changes to welcome autistic theatre-goers

Autism-friendly theatre

Pantomime leads the pack in quest to welcome all
The week Hollywood got scared and had to grow up a bit

The week Hollywood got scared and had to grow up a bit

Sony suffered a chorus of disapproval after it withdrew 'The Interview', but it's not too late for it to take a stand, says Joan Smith
From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?

Panto dames: before and after

From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?
Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

Booksellers say readers are turning away from dark modern thrillers and back to the golden age of crime writing
Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best,' says founder of JustGiving

Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best'

Ten million of us have used the JustGiving website to donate to good causes. Its co-founder says that being dynamic is as important as being kind
The botanist who hunts for giant trees at Kew Gardens

The man who hunts giants

A Kew Gardens botanist has found 25 new large tree species - and he's sure there are more out there