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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How not to go into the red over Christmas

Video: Simon Read offers some advice on ensuring you enjoy Christmas without the financial hangover

'Unacceptable' service leads to Scottish Power ban threat

Scottish Power has been put on notice by the energy regulator to sort out its customer service or face a sales ban.

Five questions on: Battling fuel poverty

Isn’t the Government sorting this problem out?

Money Alert: Alternative Finance

Alternative finance, such as peer-to-peer lending and crowdfunding, is doubling in size every year and could reach £4.4bn in 2015.

Weekly Money: round-up of the personal finance stories you may have missed 10-14 November

Overcharging on energy bills; payday lenders charge capped; Barclays’ savers warning; new credit card deals; cheap Eurostar trips; the stories we noticed this week.

Overdrafts: What you need to know about getting the right deal

Video: Simon Read tells you what you need to know about how to handle going into the red

Money round-up video: Current accounts; payday lenders; cheap trips to Paris

Simon Read talks over the latest Money news with Headline London host Claudia-Liza Armah

Debt charities and consumer groups welcomed the move but warned that further controls may be needed.

Price capping may spell the end of high street payday lenders

From January interest rates will be capped at a daily rate of 0.8% of the amount borrowed

Nearly one million older people are living in fuel poverty

Fuel poverty crisis leave one in three pensioners in turmoil

Each winter, one older person dies every seven minutes from cold weather

Many savers are unknowingly stuck on rubbish accounts that pay practically nothing

Move your savings for more interest and beat the 0.1% trap

A common trick is to have a 12-month introductory bonus rate on savings

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The West needs more than a White Knight

Despite billions spent on weapons, the US has not been able to counter Isis's gruesome tactics, says Patrick Cockburn
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'The day I was shot by the Taliban'

Private Davey Graham was shot five times during an ambush in 2007 - it was the first, controversial photograph to show the dangers our soldiers faced in Helmand province
Revealed: the best and worst airlines for delays

Revealed: the best and worst airlines for delays

Many flyers are failing to claim compensation to which they are entitled, a new survey has found
The stories that defined 2014: From the Scottish independence referendum to the Ice Bucket Challenge, our writers voice their opinions

The stories that defined 2014

From the Scottish independence referendum to the Ice Bucket Challenge, our writers voice their opinions
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Disaster looming? Now you know where to head...

Which British city has become the first to be awarded special 'resilience' status by the UN?
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Finally, a diet that works

Californian pastor's wildly popular Daniel Plan has seen his congregation greatly reduced
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The joys of 'thinkering'

Professor Danielle George on why we have to nurture tomorrow's scientists today
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Monique Roffey interview

The author on father figures, the nation's narcissism and New Year reflections
Introducing my anti-heroes of 2014

Introducing my anti-heroes of 2014

Their outrageousness and originality makes the world a bit more interesting, says Ellen E Jones
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Good taste? It's all a matter of timing...

It has been hard to form generally accepted cultural standards since the middle of the 19th century – and the disintegration is only going to accelerate, says DJ Taylor
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How we met

Olivia Jacobs and Ben Caplan
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Bill Granger's healthy breakfasts

Our chef's healthy recipes are perfect if you've overindulged during the festive season
Transfer guide: From Arsenal to West Ham - what does your club need in the January transfer window?

Who does your club need in the transfer window?

Most Premier League sides are after a striker, but here's a full run down of the ins and outs that could happen over the next month
The Last Word: From aliens at FA to yak’s milk in the Tour, here’s to 2015

Michael Calvin's Last Word

From aliens at FA to yak’s milk in the Tour, here’s to 2015