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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More and more trade drivers are falling prey to fraudsters

'Crash for cash' gangs target white van man

"Crash for cash" accidents are reaching record levels. The insurer Aviva trawled through its claims data to discover that fraudulent "slam-ons" – accidents deliberately caused in order that claims can be made for whiplash compensation – rose by 51 per cent in 2013.

Crash for cash accidents soar to record levels as crooks target ‘White van man’

Crash-for-cash motor accidents are reaching record levels. Insurer Aviva trawled through its claims data to discover that fraudulent ‘slam-ons’ – accidents deliberately caused in order to claim for whiplash compensation – increased by 51 per cent in 2013.

New Isas make it even easier to build a nest-egg

Cash accounts make sense for savers, but with interest rates low, it may be time to invest

Energy companies: soaring complaints mean they should be forced to play fair

Now that the warmer weather is here - or has at least popped out for a bit - it feels a bit odd to be complaining about energy suppliers.

Money alert: Think before you click - these links are jinxed

Are you owed tax from Germany? A convincing-looking email doing the rounds suggests you are – but it's a scam.

Simon Read: The Bank of England has given us a useful warning

Mark Carney, the Governor of the Bank of England, has done us all a big favour by revealing that interest rates are likely to rise sooner than expected. He said on Thursday that there is a strong possibility we will see the first rate rise before Christmas. That gives us notice to prepare now.

Simon Read: Key groups are not saving enough

Savings levels are at a five-year high, according to the annual UK Pension Report from Scottish Widows, published this week.

Bargain Hunter: Family visit to the flicks, with snack and drink - £7.15 a ticket

Vue has launched an all-inclusive family package, offering savings of 20 per cent on the cost of a trip to the flicks, at selected Vue cinemas.

Five Questions On: Fuel poverty

Has it risen again?

High-cost payday loan firms set to be exposed

More payday lenders could be forced out of business after the Competition and Markets Authority called for an independent price-comparison site to show borrowers which loans charge rip-off interest.

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It’s impossible to avoid the impression that the Dutch manager is playing to the gallery a little
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Good for Lana Del Rey for helping kill that myth, says Grace Dent
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