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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The Church of England has finally severed its financial ties with Wonga

The problem with Wonga: what are the alternatives?

Britain’s biggest payday lender, Wonga, has had a disastrous week. First it announced a catastrophic 53 per cent fall in profits, mainly due to the costs involved in the the fake legal letters scandal which blew up this summer.

Bargain Hunter: Low prices for high-vis jackets? Get to Halfords

Cyclists and fitness fanatics need to be seen in the dark nights

Money alert: Homes with prepay meters face cold winter

Energy firms can’t cut off vulnerable customers until next April.

Five Questions On: Help To Buy

This is the government scheme to help first-time buyers, isn’t it?

Elderly people living in certain countries abroad are being denied pension rises

Anyone who moved to countries including Australia, Canada, South Africa and a 100 other places, have had their pensions frozen at the rate it was paid at when they left the country

Lenders accused of using gimmicks to entice borrowers

How’d you like a free iPad mini? Take out a mortgage with Lloyds Bank in the next few weeks and you could get one.

2m people with pre-payment meters don't top them up because of the cost or the meter is faulty or too difficult to use

Almost two million people are facing winter weather without heating

Energy firms can’t cut off vulnerable customers until next April, but that won't save many

Study by Citizens Advice shows that payday lenders have been slow to improve their practices

Payday lenders 'still not sticking to promises'

'Some are still falling far short of responsible lending'

Wonga profits more than halve on remediation costs to clients

Payday lender hit by multi-million pound bill to "fake lawyers" scandal

More than 90 years of car history are coming to an end with the abolition of the paper car-tax disc

Car tax disc changes: Two days to go - and they affect you much more than just not displaying a piece of paper

Anyone buying a car will need to tax their new vehicle before driving it home after Wednesday

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In a world of Saudi bullying, right-wing Israeli ministers and the twilight of Obama, Iran is looking like a possible policeman of the Gulf

Iran is shifting from pariah to possible future policeman of the Gulf

Robert Fisk on our crisis with Iran
The young are the new poor: A third of young people pushed into poverty

The young are the new poor

Sharp increase in the number of under-25s living in poverty
Greens on the march: ‘We could be on the edge of something very big’

Greens on the march

‘We could be on the edge of something very big’
Revealed: the case against Bill Cosby - through the stories of his accusers

Revealed: the case against Bill Cosby

Through the stories of his accusers
Why are words like 'mongol' and 'mongoloid' still bandied about as insults?

The Meaning of Mongol

Why are the words 'mongol' and 'mongoloid' still bandied about as insults?
Mau Mau uprising: Kenyans still waiting for justice join class action over Britain's role in the emergency

Kenyans still waiting for justice over Mau Mau uprising

Thousands join class action over Britain's role in the emergency
Isis in Iraq: The trauma of the last six months has overwhelmed the remaining Christians in the country

The last Christians in Iraq

After 2,000 years, a community will try anything – including pretending to convert to Islam – to avoid losing everything, says Patrick Cockburn
Black Friday: Helpful discounts for Christmas shoppers, or cynical marketing by desperate retailers?

Helpful discounts for Christmas shoppers, or cynical marketing by desperate retailers?

Britain braced for Black Friday
Bill Cosby's persona goes from America's dad to date-rape drugs

From America's dad to date-rape drugs

Stories of Bill Cosby's alleged sexual assaults may have circulated widely in Hollywood, but they came as a shock to fans, says Rupert Cornwell
Clare Balding: 'Women's sport is kicking off at last'

Clare Balding: 'Women's sport is kicking off at last'

As fans flock to see England women's Wembley debut against Germany, the TV presenter on an exciting 'sea change'
Oh come, all ye multi-faithful: The Christmas jumper is in fashion, but should you wear your religion on your sleeve?

Oh come, all ye multi-faithful

The Christmas jumper is in fashion, but should you wear your religion on your sleeve?
Dr Charles Heatley: The GP off to do battle in the war against Ebola

The GP off to do battle in the war against Ebola

Dr Charles Heatley on joining the NHS volunteers' team bound for Sierra Leone
Flogging vlogging: First video bloggers conquered YouTube. Now they want us to buy their books

Flogging vlogging

First video bloggers conquered YouTube. Now they want us to buy their books
Saturday Night Live vs The Daily Show: US channels wage comedy star wars

Saturday Night Live vs The Daily Show

US channels wage comedy star wars
When is a wine made in Piedmont not a Piemonte wine? When EU rules make Italian vineyards invisible

When is a wine made in Piedmont not a Piemonte wine?

When EU rules make Italian vineyards invisible