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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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

Money roundup video: Isas; energy-efficiency handout and minimum wage rise

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

Women face an uncertain financial future – but they can do something about it

If you're a female between 55 and 64, you're like to have half the retirement savings that a man has…

Changing Isa rules make them even more attractive to savers and investors

Video: The Independent’s personal finance editor finds out how savers and investors can make the most of the new rules affecting tax-free savings

Five questions on: Switching current accounts

It's getting easier to do so, isn't it?

Councils criticised for turning to aggressive enforcement action over tax debts

Two-thirds have been threatened with court action, and half with bailiffs

Simon Read: 'Big companies show they can, eventually, do the right thing'

Npower and Prudential reacted positively when contacted by Simon Read

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Not even the 'putrid throat' could stop the Ross Poldark swoon-fest'

Not even the 'putrid throat' could stop the Ross Poldark swoon-fest'

How a costume drama became a Sunday night staple
Miliband promises no stamp duty for first-time buyers as he pushes Tories on housing

Miliband promises no stamp duty for first-time buyers

Labour leader pushes Tories on housing
Aviation history is littered with grand failures - from the the Bristol Brabazon to Concorde - but what went wrong with the SuperJumbo?

Aviation history is littered with grand failures

But what went wrong with the SuperJumbo?
Fear of Putin, Islamists and immigration is giving rise to a new generation of Soviet-style 'iron curtains' right across Europe

Fortress Europe?

Fear of Putin, Islamists and immigration is giving rise to a new generation of 'iron curtains'
Never mind what you're wearing, it's what you're reclining on

Never mind what you're wearing

It's what you're reclining on that matters
General Election 2015: Chuka Umunna on the benefits of immigration, humility – and his leader Ed Miliband

Chuka Umunna: A virus of racism runs through Ukip

The shadow business secretary on the benefits of immigration, humility – and his leader Ed Miliband
Yemen crisis: This exotic war will soon become Europe's problem

Yemen's exotic war will soon affect Europe

Terrorism and boatloads of desperate migrants will be the outcome of the Saudi air campaign, says Patrick Cockburn
Marginal Streets project aims to document voters in the run-up to the General Election

Marginal Streets project documents voters

Independent photographers Joseph Fox and Orlando Gili are uploading two portraits of constituents to their website for each day of the campaign
Game of Thrones: Visit the real-life kingdom of Westeros to see where violent history ends and telly tourism begins

The real-life kingdom of Westeros

Is there something a little uncomfortable about Game of Thrones shooting in Northern Ireland?
How to survive a social-media mauling, by the tough women of Twitter

How to survive a Twitter mauling

Mary Beard, Caroline Criado-Perez, Louise Mensch, Bunny La Roche and Courtney Barrasford reveal how to trounce the trolls
Gallipoli centenary: At dawn, the young remember the young who perished in one of the First World War's bloodiest battles

At dawn, the young remember the young

A century ago, soldiers of the Empire – many no more than boys – spilt on to Gallipoli’s beaches. On this 100th Anzac Day, there are personal, poetic tributes to their sacrifice
Dissent is slowly building against the billions spent on presidential campaigns – even among politicians themselves

Follow the money as never before

Dissent is slowly building against the billions spent on presidential campaigns – even among politicians themselves, reports Rupert Cornwell
Samuel West interview: The actor and director on austerity, unionisation, and not mentioning his famous parents

Samuel West interview

The actor and director on austerity, unionisation, and not mentioning his famous parents
General Election 2015: Imagine if the leading political parties were fashion labels

Imagine if the leading political parties were fashion labels

Fashion editor, Alexander Fury, on what the leaders' appearances tell us about them
Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka: Home can be the unsafest place for women

Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka: Home can be the unsafest place for women

The architect of the HeForShe movement and head of UN Women on the world's failure to combat domestic violence