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: Why Richard Durkin's credit rating might affect you

There was a small but significant court victory for consumers this week. Richard Durkin won a 16-year legal battle over a laptop he bought from PC World.

Fuel poverty gap leaves English with less help

People struggling with energy bills in England are handed only around a tenth as much government help as Scottish and Welsh neighbours. The shocking regional divide was unveiled in a fuel poverty report published yesterday.

Watchdog accused of wimping out on new loan rules

Consumer groups want the City regulator to bare its teeth and tackle payday lenders, writes Simon Read

The Money Advice Service will face probe

The much-criticised Money Advice Service is to face an independent investigation set up by the Government.

Five questions on: Equitable life payout

Ah, has the troubled mutual insurer finally agreed compensation for its fed-up policyholders?

Money alert: Santander £12.4m fine

The Spanish-owned bank Santander was this week fined £12.4m for giving customers poor investment advice.

Bargain Hunter: Need a bowl for your yoghurt? Rachel's could have the answer

Organic yoghurt company Rachel's is giving away 10,000 Royal Doulton bowl and serving board sets worth £65 on selected promotional packs of its new Greek Style natural yoghurt range, which includes set yoghurt, low fat yoghurt and fat-free yoghurt.

Will the council force me to sell my home to pay for care?

Concerned readers have been in touch about future care costs. They are worried about the financial burden they could put on families

In Wales and Scotland £31.78 of Government funding is available per domestic electricity consumer but in England the figure falls to just £3.52

Fuel poverty support is ten times bigger in Scotland and Wales than in England

People struggling with energy bills in England are handed only around a tenth as much Government help as their Scottish and Welsh neighbours. That shocking regional divide is unveiled in a new fuel poverty report published today.

Insurers warn over Government cap on pension plan charges

But 0.75 per cent limit is welcomed by consumer groups and advisers

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How I brokered a peace deal with Robert Mugabe

Roy Agyemang reveals the delicate diplomacy needed to get Zimbabwe’s President to sit down with the BBC
Video of British Muslims dancing to Pharrell Williams's hit Happy attacked as 'sinful'

British Muslims's Happy video attacked as 'sinful'

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Church of England-raised Michael Williams describes the unexpected joys in learning about his family's Jewish faith

Michael Williams: Do as I do, not as I pray

Church of England-raised Williams describes the unexpected joys in learning about his family's Jewish faith
A History of the First World War in 100 moments: A visit to the Front Line by the Prime Minister's wife

A History of the First World War in 100 moments

A visit to the Front Line by the Prime Minister's wife
Comedian Jenny Collier: 'Sexism I experienced on stand-up circuit should be extinct'

Jenny Collier: 'Sexism on stand-up circuit should be extinct'

The comedian's appearance at a show on the eve of International Women's Day was cancelled because they had "too many women" on the bill
Cannes Film Festival: Ken Loach and Mike Leigh to fight it out for the Palme d'Or

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Ken Loach and Mike Leigh to fight it out for the Palme d'Or
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The concept album makes surprise top ten return

Neolithic opus from Jethro Tull's Ian Anderson is unexpected success
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Lichen is surprise new ingredient on fine-dining menus

Emily Jupp discovers how it can give a unique, smoky flavour to our cooking
10 best baking books

10 best baking books

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Jury still out on Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini

Jury still out on Pellegrini

Draw with Sunderland raises questions over Manchester City manager's ability to motivate and unify his players
Ben Stokes: 'Punching lockers isn't way forward'

Ben Stokes: 'Punching lockers isn't way forward'

The all-rounder has been hailed as future star after Ashes debut but incident in Caribbean added to doubts about discipline. Jon Culley meets a man looking to control his emotions
Mark Johnston: First £1 million jackpot spurs him on

Mark Johnston: First £1 million jackpot spurs him on

The most prize money ever at an All-Weather race day is up for grabs at Lingfield on Friday, and the record-breaking trainer tells Jon Freeman how times have changed
Ricky Gervais: 'People are waiting for me to fail. If you think it's awful, then just don't watch it'

Ricky Gervais: 'People are waiting for me to fail'

As the second series of his divisive sitcom 'Derek' hits screens, the comedian tells James Rampton why he'll never bow to the critics who habitually circle his work
Mad Men series 7, TV review: The suits are still sharp, but Don Draper has lost his edge

Mad Men returns for a final fling

The suits are still sharp, but Don Draper has lost his edge
Google finds a lift into space will never get off the ground as there is no material strong enough for a cable from Earth into orbit

Google finds a lift into space will never get off the ground

Technology giant’s scientists say there is no material strong enough for a cable from Earth into orbit