Martin Lewis: Working from home due to coronavirus, even for a day? Claim a year's worth of tax relief

If your employer requires you to work at home, you can – and always have 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 £38,300,000,000 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.

Martin Lewis: How to reclaim £100s of credit from your energy firm

Is your electricity and gas provider unfairly sitting on £100s of your money? Over 70% of us pay energy bills by direct debit – a good thing, as it gets you the cheapest rates. However, it can give firms the chance to build up a reservoir of customers' money. It's time to get that money back!

Martin Lewis: What happened to my pledge to give £10m to charity – 2021 update

In June 2012 MSE joined the MSM Group and I pledged £10m to go to charity. As that was a public pledge and I believe I've a duty of transparency, every couple of years I bash out a blog report (the last was in January 2019) to explain where I'm up to, and who gets the money. And 2020 was a year like no other.

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 Lewis: Payment holidays coming to an end – but should you take one? Mortgages, credit cards, loans, payday loans, car finance and more

Update Tue 5 Jan: This blog was originally written in July 2020. While the regulator the Financial Conduct Authority has extended payment holidays a number of times, most recently in November 2020, it hasn't (yet) mentioned anything about further extensions since the current lockdowns. So I've included the most recent information in 'red' updates.

Martin Lewis: I averaged 24,300 steps a day (burning 3,910 calories) in 2020 – here's how...

As is now pretty well documented, I'm obsessed with statistics tracking my fitness. Each year I knock out an annual steps report. This is the one for 2020. According to my tracker, I did 8,889,800 steps – a ridiculous, hopefully healthy obsession.

Martin Lewis: This is why I set up a charity…

Last week I got an email with the board papers for the Money and Mental Health Policy Institute (MMHPI) charity trustees board meeting (which I chair). I set up the charity in 2016, and have funded it since, with its aim to come up with policies and ideas to break the marriage made in hell between mental health problems, money and debt.

Martin Lewis: A glimmer of hope for excluded new-starter self-employed

In March, at the start of the coronavirus pandemic, the Chancellor was rightly lauded for putting together decades' worth of financial support measures in days. Millions of people, then and since, have had their incomes covered in a desperate time. Yet that has created a society of the helped and helped-nots. Up to three million people have been excluded from specific support schemes.

Is it time to ban Christmas presents?

Update September 2017: It’s eight years since I first braved this subject, expecting a snowstorm of protest. Instead, year after year more join in, like Julia who recently tweeted me, “@MartinSLewis, finally took your advice and told my family I can’t afford Christmas presents. What a weight off my mind. Thank you.” One year even the Archbishop of...