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: Don't assume your insurance auto renewal will automatically be right

Here's a good tip from reader Sam Cowen of Buckinghamshire: check the insurance renewal quotes you're sent very carefully if you don't want to end up paying over the odds.

The City Varieties Music Hall in Leeds is among the attractions

Bargain Hunter: From castles to music hall, a free journey through Britain's heritage

An open day next week offers free entry to more than 4,600 events at places across England that are usually closed to the public or charge for admission.

Leaving money to charity in your will could help reduce the tax bill for your loved ones

Next week has been designated "remember a charity in your will week", to put the focus squarely on the subject

Telling little white lies could mean your insurance claim being turned down

20 per cent of Brits lie to their insurance company, according to a new survey

Personal finance lessons in the new school curriculum.

Do you know your APR from your elbow? Confusing terms and conditions cost us £428 a year but financial education in schools should help the next generation

Simon Read discusses the introduction of personal finance lessons in the new school curriculum.

For some, the customer is always wrong

Figures showing how well financial firms deal with customer complaints are always interesting. While we expect that the biggest firms – the high street banks – will have the most complaints, it’s interesting to find out which have the most upheld against them.

Fewer than a third of those surveyed said they have a pension scheme offered through their employer

Crisis looms as only half of Brits have a pension

Almost half of British people don’t have any kind of pension, alarming research published by the Chartered Institute of Payroll Professionals has revealed.

The Competition and Markets Authority found the average initial payday loan taken out is £260

Payday loan problems soaring, says debt charity

StepChange reported that between January and June 2014 it handled more than £72 million worth of payday loan debt

Fraudsters target restaurants in latest phone scam

Restaurant owners are being warned to stay vigilant as fraudsters target diners in a new phone scam, according to the latest intelligence from Financial Fraud Action UK’s fraud intelligence bureau.

Four million signed up for company pension scheme following government’s auto-enrolment

More than four million people have now signed up for their company’s pension scheme because of the government’s auto-enrolment policy, new figures have revealed.

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