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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Hooray, you're going to live longer! But what should you do to celebrate?

Pension expert John Lawson talks on why improved longevity is something to plan for carefully

Payday lenders still failing customers, says watchdog

The City watchdog yesterday accused payday lenders of unfair practices, particularly when dealing with people in debt.

Ed Davey is proud of what he has achieved in the role over the past three years

Ed Davey: 'The best remedy could be to break up the big energy firms'

Ahead of a major report on the industry, the Energy Secretary talks to Simon Read about what needs to be done to help consumers get better deals (and whether it will still be any of his business after the election)

The Financial Conduct Authority took the unprecedented step of making Wonga cancel the outstanding debt of 330,000 borrowers and scrap the fees and charges of 45,000 more

Money roundup: MPs warn on pension scams and watchdog slams payday lenders

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

Payday lenders fail to recognise customers in financial difficulty, the FCA said

Payday lenders accused of unfair practices by watchdog

The Financial Conduct Authority found non-compliance in all reviewed firms

Steve Webb, the Pensions minister, said people should be allowed to make their own choices about what to do with their cash, even if that meant buying a “Lamborghini”.

Consumers face rip-off scams after pension reforms, MPs warn

Report condemns lack of advice and protection in pension freedoms

Letter from the Personal Finance Editor: New pension rules may be the next mis-selling scandal

The Government has handed us all unprecedented freedom to choose to do whatever we like with our retirement savings. Anyone aged 55 or over can take advantage in just a few weeks, from 6 April.

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)

Beware of making a pension mistake and the scammers that are after your savings

Video: Pension expert Jamie Jenkins tells Simon Read what to be wary of when the new pension freedoms come into force in April

StepChange Debt Charity research suggests councils are more likely to engage in aggressive enforcement action rather than offer affordable payment options to struggling tenants

Councils turning to bailiffs to evict tenants, instead of helping them with rent arrears

Research suggests councils are more likely to engage in aggressive enforcement action rather than offer affordable payment options to struggling tenants

Peer-to-peer lending can pay off – but there are pitfalls

How peer-to-peer finance is blossoming into a multi-billion pound industry

The first of them, Zopa, has now lent nearly £750m

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