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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Some 14.3 million households turned off heating at some point this winter to cut energy bills

Weekly Money

Round-up of the personal finance stories you may have missed 13 to 17 April

Labour will raise the national minimum wage to more than £8 an hour by October 2019 (EPA)

Barclays new Blue Rewards hands cash to customers. What’s the catch?

Joining Barclays Blue Rewards costs £3 a month but then lets customers in for handouts of up to £15 a month

New research reveals that despite the recovering economy, four out of five low-income households have seen no sign of their financial situation improving

Hard-up families could be eligible for financial help

A charity is urging anyone struggling financially to see if they could get help from the state

Money Round-up Video: Holiday money, Clydesdale PPI fines and pension mortgage warnings

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

When is the best time to buy foreign currency?

Video: With an election looming, a hung parliament could hit sterling

Simon Read: 'Got your eye on a speedboat? New pension rules are not as simple as that'

Calls to firms are proving to be lengthy as people explore their options. But not all will get a pleasing response, as one Independent reader discovered

Naomie Harris (left) and Alice Eve re-enact a scene from ‘Black Swan' at the launch of Comparethemarket.com's Meerkat Movies offer

Bargain Hunter: Simples? Bag yourself a meerkat cheap cinema deal for less than £2

Users at the money-saving website HotUKdeals.com have worked out that a spend of just a couple of quid can secure access to a year's cheap films

Michael Williams' pension mortgage fell far short of its target and he had no option but to put his house in Maidstone on the market to cover the shortfall

Simon Read: 'Pension mortgages leave a sting in the tail as 'pie in the sky' promises fail to deliver'

One Independent reader was forced to put his family home on the market after being let down by a series of advisers and regulators

Claimants have been taking to internet forums to ask for advice to deal with the false allegations

Money alert: It's now easier to reclaim overpaid tax on pension withdrawals

HMRC has introduced new forms, which will allow people to reclaim the money within 30 working days

Five questions on: Child trust funds

They're the old kids' savings schemes that Labour set up, aren't they?

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'It was first time I had ever tasted chocolate. I kept a piece, and when Amsterdam was liberated, I gave it to the first Allied soldier I saw'

Bread from heaven

Dutch survivors thank RAF for World War II drop that saved millions
Britain will be 'run for the wealthy and powerful' if Tories retain power - Labour

How 'the Axe' helped Labour

UK will be 'run for the wealthy and powerful' if Tories retain power
Rare and exclusive video shows the horrific price paid by activists for challenging the rule of jihadist extremists in Syria

The price to be paid for challenging the rule of extremists

A revolution now 'consuming its own children'
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Welcome to the world of Megagames

300 players take part in Watch the Skies! board game in London
'Nymphomaniac' actress reveals what it was really like to star in one of the most explicit films ever

Charlotte Gainsbourg on 'Nymphomaniac'

Starring in one of the most explicit films ever
Robert Fisk in Abu Dhabi: The Emirates' out-of-sight migrant workers helping to build the dream projects of its rulers

Robert Fisk in Abu Dhabi

The Emirates' out-of-sight migrant workers helping to build the dream projects of its rulers
Vince Cable interview: Charging fees for employment tribunals was 'a very bad move'

Vince Cable exclusive interview

Charging fees for employment tribunals was 'a very bad move'
Iwan Rheon interview: Game of Thrones star returns to his Welsh roots to record debut album

Iwan Rheon is returning to his Welsh roots

Rheon is best known for his role as the Bastard of Bolton. It's gruelling playing a sadistic torturer, he tells Craig McLean, but it hasn't stopped him recording an album of Welsh psychedelia
Russell Brand's interview with Ed Miliband has got everyone talking about The Trews

Everyone is talking about The Trews

Russell Brand's 'true news' videos attract millions of viewers. But today's 'Milibrand' interview introduced his resolutely amateurish style to a whole new crowd
Morne Hardenberg interview: Cameraman for BBC's upcoming show Shark on filming the ocean's most dangerous predator

It's time for my close-up

Meet the man who films great whites for a living
Increasing numbers of homeless people in America keep their mobile phones on the streets

Homeless people keep mobile phones

A homeless person with a smartphone is a common sight in the US. And that's creating a network where the 'hobo' community can share information - and fight stigma - like never before
'Queer saint' Peter Watson left his mark on British culture by bankrolling artworld giants

'Queer saint' who bankrolled artworld giants

British culture owes a huge debt to Peter Watson, says Michael Prodger
Pushkin Prizes: Unusual exchange programme aims to bring countries together through culture

Pushkin Prizes brings countries together

Ten Scottish schoolchildren and their Russian peers attended a creative writing workshop in the Highlands this week
14 best kids' hoodies

14 best kids' hoodies

Don't get caught out by that wind on the beach. Zip them up in a lightweight top to see them through summer to autumn
Robert Fisk in Abu Dhabi: The acceptable face of the Emirates

The acceptable face of the Emirates

Has Abu Dhabi found a way to blend petrodollars with principles, asks Robert Fisk