Martin Lewis: nine things the Chancellor could tweak to help people through this: furlough, the vulnerable, childcare, self-employed, umbrella workers, limited companies & more

The Chancellor has rewritten decades worth of state support policies in days. These are important schemes that will provide crucial, much-needed support for millions. Yet understandably, as he had to innovate and implement at breakneck speed, there are some unintended holes.  

Martin Lewis: Working from home due to coronavirus? Claim £6/week tax back on extra costs

If your employer requires you to work at home, you can – and have always been able to – claim for increased costs due to working from home, eg, heating and electricity.

Martin Lewis: Had a PPI payout? If so, you can reclaim the tax on it

The PPI deadline may have passed, but if you're one of the millions of people who have reclaimed part of the £37,500,000,000 paid out so far, or you're one of those waiting to hear if a payment will come, you need to know about the tax on PPI payouts. This is automatically deducted, even though most people don't need to pay it. So if you've been paid out within the last four years, or you get a payout in future, you could be due £100s back.

I'm making £1m available to fund urgent small-charity coronavirus poverty relief

We face an unprecedented challenge to our health, economy, businesses, personal finance and way of life. And many of those who normally help society – our charities – are going to face similar pressures right now too. 

Martin Lewis VIDEO: Should you pay off your Plan 1 student loan?

If you started university between 1998 and 2011 in England or Wales, or since 1998 in Scotland and Northern Ireland, you'll have a Plan 1 student loan. While much is written about whether those with savings should overpay the current English Plan 2 student loans, there's little out there about Plan 1. I wanted to change that, so here's a video explaining how to decide... 

'Martin, I read your financial abuse guide and realised I've been financially controlled for most of my marriage – I want to tell my story'

Financial and economic abuse are often a prelude to domestic violence. Raising awareness is important. It helps those facing it realise they're not alone and help is available. Plus, it means friends and family may be able to spot the signs. Karen wrote to us, having read my Financial Abuse blog (which includes help links and explanations).

Martin Lewis: How to teach yourself scam self-defence

Criminals aren’t always thugs with meaty arms and little between the ears. In our ever more interconnected world, these days many thieves wear suits, have charm, act in a sophisticated manner and make out they are on our side.

Martin Lewis: I'm very handsome (or at least I was)…

Sitting next to my desk are a raft of copies of my old book The Money Diet. I just picked it up, at the start of the New Year, as a minor trip down memory lane. And I turned to one of the musings I'd jotted down in the book – bringing back bittersweet memories. It says…

Martin Lewis: I averaged 24,322 steps a day (burning 3,800 calories) in 2019 – here's how...

As regulars will know, I'm obsessed with fitness-tracking statistics. So this is my annual steps report for 2019. According to my tracker, I did 8,877,851 steps – a ridiculous number, a healthy obsession.

How much the Govt expects you to give your children for university

Update Note 25 May 2017: The ready reckoners below have been updated with the new 2017/2018 living loan amounts. Also since first writing this blog, and seeing the strength of feeling it attracted, I have written an open letter to the Uni Minister asking him to start telling people about this. Yet sadly received his no we won’t...