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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People must resist the temptation to break into their pension before retirement

Pension scammers make off with nearly £500m

A relaxation of the rules will lead to a rise in fraudsters taking advantage of customer confusion

Two million can't afford to move out of their parent's home

A new report from the charity Shelter shows that almost half of 20-to-34- year olds live with their parents because of high rent and house prices

Simon Read: Yet again payday lenders prove their irresponsibility

Will payday lenders ever stop their irresponsible advertising? Another one was slammed this week for encouraging consumers to take out a short-term loan for frivolous spending.

Five Questions On: Pensions advice

We're all going to get free advice from the Government, aren't we?

Simon Read: Retirement advice is good - if it's impartial

George Osborne announced this week that pension firms will not be allowed to advise people on their retirement options from next April. But he's set a levy on financial firms to pay for free advice for those who need it.

Fuel poverty campaigners united in criticising the delays in helping those in fuel poverty

Plans to tackle fuel poverty are slammed by campaigners

Charities and action groups believe that the Government's proposals are woefully inadequate
Lenders have been accused of persuading vulnerable people to borrow expensive credit

Payday loan firms accused of bombarding vulnerable people with nuisance phone calls

Payday loan firms have been accused of bombarding financially vulnerable people with nuisance phone calls, after a debt charity reported that a third of its clients were plagued by the messages.

Sell it with flowers: competition is 'intense' for homes with outside spaces

Gardens add a tenth to the value of your home

A London estate agent yesterday put a price on having a garden. David Pollock of Greene & Co reckons it can increase a property's value by a tenth.

Splash out: at Legoland Windsor you can get a two-for-one deal

Bargain Hunter: Getting your hands on these baby goodies is child's play

Tesco's latest baby and toddler event offers savings on nappies, wipes and baby food, as well as childcare essentials such car seats, travel cots and stair gates.

Payday lenders fined and banned over irresponsible advertising

Will payday lenders ever stop their irresponsible advertising? Another one was banned and slammed today for encouraging consumers to take out an expensive short-term loan for frivolous spending.

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