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: 'Two elections for the price of one with the Tories' Help to Buy Isa'

The £15,000 figure reveals a possible political trick the Tories pulled on us all

The Budget, says one critic, should have done more to encourage construction of affordable homes

Help for buyers but where are the homes?

A vote-winning Budget promised less tax, greater savings flexibility, and government handouts for first-time housebuyers
Put your best foot forward by donating your old boots to charity

Bargain Hunter: Comparethemarket.com launches two-for-one cinema tickets offer

From Meerkat Movies to 20 per cent off the price of a new pair of boots, Simon Read rounds up this week's best deals

Investors have been burnt by an energy fund that promised money for solar panels

Simon Read: 'April D-day for investors in Secured Energy Bonds'

The 973 people who invested were promised 6.5 per cent annual returns that were claimed to be "protected, stable and socially responsible"

CompareTheMarket has seized on the end of Orange Wednesday to launch Meerkat Movies

Weekly Money

Round-up of the personal finance stories you may have missed 16 to 20 March

The easy way to save a tax-free nest-egg for a child

You can stash up to £4,000 a year into a Junior Isa and it could grow to be worth £100,000 or more by the time a child reaches 18

Even if you put away the maximum amount, it will take you 4 years and 7 months to qualify for the £3,000 bonus

Help to Buy Isa Q&A: Are they real help for first-time buyers or simply a vote-winner for the 2020 election?

The Chancellor announced a 25% top-up for deposits in the Budget. But before you go screaming 'free cash!', there's a few things you might want to consider

Happy days: In simple terms you’ll need to be earning £125,000 or more a year to see a slight reduction in your income after tax

Budget 2015: Osborne’s winners and losers

Earners, pensioners and savers get a Budget boost – it's hard to spot a victim

George Osborne's Budget featured promises of less tax, greater financial flexibility for savers and pensioners, and government handouts for first-time buyers

Budget 2015 – what it means for you: The key points explained, from Fuel Duty to Help-to-Buy

There was a strong whiff of vote-winning in Osborne's Budget

Taxing times: the frustrating experience of filling in tax return forms

Budget 2015: What will scrapping of annual tax returns mean for you?

By 2017 those with simple tax affairs will be released from the yearly drudge

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Where the spooks get their coffee fix: The busiest Starbucks in the US is also the most secretive

The secret CIA Starbucks

The coffee shop is deep inside the agency's forested Virginia compound
Revealed: How the Establishment closed ranks over fallout from Loch Ness Monster 'sighting'

How the Establishment closed ranks over fallout from Nessie 'sighting'

The Natural History Museum's chief scientist was dismissed for declaring he had found the monster
One million Britons using food banks, according to Trussell Trust

One million Britons using food banks

Huge surge in number of families dependent on emergency food aid
Excavation at Italian cafe to fix rising damp unearths 2,500 years of history in 3,000 amazing objects

2,500 years of history in 3,000 amazing objects

Excavation at Italian cafe to fix rising damp unearths trove
The Hubble Space Telescope's amazing journey, 25 years on

The Hubble Space Telescope's amazing journey 25 years on

The space telescope was seen as a costly flop on its first release
Did Conservative peer Lord Ashcroft quit the House of Lords to become a non-dom?

Did Lord Ashcroft quit the House of Lords to become a non-dom?

A document seen by The Independent shows that a week after he resigned from the Lords he sold 350,000 shares in an American company - netting him $11.2m
Apple's ethnic emojis are being used to make racist comments on social media

Ethnic emojis used in racist comments

They were intended to promote harmony, but have achieved the opposite
Sir Kenneth Branagh interview: 'My bones are in the theatre'

Sir Kenneth Branagh: 'My bones are in the theatre'

The actor-turned-director’s new company will stage five plays from October – including works by Shakespeare and John Osborne
The sloth is now the face (and furry body) of three big advertising campaigns

The sloth is the face of three ad campaigns

Priya Elan discovers why slow and sleepy wins the race for brands in need of a new image
How to run a restaurant: As two newbies discovered, there's more to it than good food

How to run a restaurant

As two newbies discovered, there's more to it than good food
Record Store Day: Remembering an era when buying and selling discs were labours of love

Record Store Day: The vinyl countdown

For Lois Pryce, working in a record shop was a dream job - until the bean counters ruined it
Usher, Mary J Blige and Will.i.am to give free concert as part of the Global Poverty Project

Mary J Blige and Will.i.am to give free concert

The concert in Washington is part of the Global Citizen project, which aims to encourage young people to donate to charity
10 best tote bags

Accessorise with a stylish shopper this spring: 10 best tote bags

We find carriers with room for all your essentials (and a bit more)
Paul Scholes column: I hear Manchester City are closing on Pep Guardiola for next summer – but I'd also love to see Jürgen Klopp managing in England

Paul Scholes column

I hear Manchester City are closing on Pep Guardiola for next summer – but I'd also love to see Jürgen Klopp managing in England
Jessica Ennis-Hill: 'I just want to give it my best shot'

Jessica Ennis-Hill: 'I just want to give it my best shot'

The heptathlete has gone from the toast of the nation to being a sleep-deprived mum - but she’s ready to compete again. She just doesn't know how well she'll do...