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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Alternative lenders move to close funding gap for credit-starved borrowers

There’s a finance gap opening up among people and small businesses that are being turned down for loans at banks and building societies.

The Most Rev Justin Welby

Welby’s 'war on Wonga' is mixed blessing

Members of the Church of England will be able to join a church-endorsed credit union within  five years.

Logbook loans leave second-hand car buyers at risk

An increasing number of second-hand car buyers could have their vehicle snatched from them because of an outstanding logbook loan from the previous owner.

Lloyds agrees £4m plan for credit union grants

Credit unions will be handed £4m as part of a four-year plan to be revealed by the Lloyds Banking Group tonight.

Simon Read: Things can go wrong. Often, for the energy Big Six

Now the warmer weather is here, it feels a bit odd to be complaining about energy suppliers. But just because you and I may feel less concerned about heating costs for the next few months, doesn't mean that your energy company isn't still cocking things up.

E2Energy's wind-turbine scheme offers green investors 7.5 per cent a year

If you're fed up with paltry returns on your savings and are interested in green energy, a new loan-based crowdfund launched this week could be a better home for your cash.

Five Questions On: Sterling

Raheem Sterling? He didn't perform as well against Uruguay as he did against Italy, did he?

Money Alert: Stamp duty soars as homebuyers hand over £5.6bn to the Government

The amount of tax that the Government takes when you buy a home has soared to an average £12,000 per person, assuming you move three times.

Simon Read: After its successful flotation, the struggle to gain customers' trust begins for TSB

Paul Pester seemed pretty pleased with himself yesterday. After shares in TSB were 10 times oversubscribed, the bank's boss said: "It shows there is real appetite for a different kind of bank – a high street bank, not a Wall Street bank – which is focused on customer service.

Bargain Hunter: Win a free burglar alarm and gain peace of mind and cheaper cover

To mark Neighbourhood & Home Watch Week, Bargain Hunter has linked with the insurer RIAS to offer two readers the chance to get a free £200 burglar alarm in an exclusive competition.

Day In a Page

The true Gaza back-story that the Israelis aren’t telling this week

The true Gaza back-story that the Israelis aren’t telling this week

A future Palestine state will have no borders and be an enclave within Israel, surrounded on all sides by Israeli-held territory, says Robert Fisk
A History of the First World War in 100 Moments: The German people demand an end to the fighting

A History of the First World War in 100 Moments

The German people demand an end to the fighting
New play by Oscar Wilde's grandson reveals what the Irish wit said at his trials

New play reveals what Oscar Wilde said at trials

For a century, what Wilde actually said at his trials was a mystery. But the recent discovery of shorthand notes changed that. Now his grandson Merlin Holland has turned them into a play
Can scientists save the world's sea life from

Can scientists save our sea life?

By the end of the century, the only living things left in our oceans could be plankton and jellyfish. Alex Renton meets the scientists who are trying to turn the tide
Richard III, Trafalgar Studios, review: Martin Freeman gives highly intelligent performance

Richard III review

Martin Freeman’s psychotic monarch is big on mockery but wanting in malice
Hollywood targets Asian audiences as US films enjoy record-breaking run at Chinese box office

Hollywood targets Asian audiences

The world's second biggest movie market is fast becoming the Hollywood studios' most crucial
Grindr founder Joel Simkhai: 'I've found love on my dating app - and my mum keeps trying to hook me up!'

Grindr founder Joel Simkhai: 'I've found love on my dating app'

Five years on from its launch and Grindr is the world's most popular dating app for gay men. Its founder Joel Simkhai answers his critics, describes his isolation as a child
Autocorrect has its uses but it can go rogue with embarrassing results - so is it time to ditch it?

Is it time to ditch autocorrect?

Matthew J X Malady persuaded friends to message manually instead, but failed to factor in fat fingers and drunk texting
10 best girls' summer dresses

Frock chick: 10 best girls' summer dresses

Get them ready for the holidays with these cool and pretty options 
Westminster’s dark secret: Adultery, homosexuality, sadomasochism and abuse of children were all seemingly lumped together

Westminster’s dark secret

Adultery, homosexuality, sadomasochism and abuse of children were all seemingly lumped together
A History of the First World War in 100 Moments: Dulce et decorum est - a life cut short for a poet whose work achieved immortality

A History of the First World War in 100 Moments

Dulce et decorum est: a life cut short for a poet whose work achieved immortality
Google tells popular music website to censor album cover art in 'sexually explicit content' ban

Naked censorship?

The strange case of Google, the music website and the nudity take-down requests
Howzat! 8 best cricket bats

Howzat! 8 best cricket bats

As England take on India at Trent Bridge, here is our pick of the high-performing bats to help you up your run-count this summer 
Brazil vs Germany World Cup 2014 comment: David Luiz falls from leader figure to symbol of national humiliation

David Luiz falls from leader figure to symbol of national humiliation

Captain appears to give up as shocking 7-1 World Cup semi-final defeat threatens ramifications in Brazil