Some emails just makes you smile. We’re fortunate to get many thank yous, but the mood around MSE Towers after the email below was sent around was a real high. And as the MSE community is credited, I wanted to share it with you. Thanks to Mia for her kind permission to print it. I’ve added links...
In journalism, we’re taught there are six key questions: "who, what, why, how, where and when?" My mailbag, whether via Twitter, Facebook or email, is swamped with all these questions, far more than I could ever hope to begin to answer. Among those, by far the most difficult to answer are the "why?" or "how can they...
Mrs MSE and I went out for dinner (it was date night) in a local restaurant the other day. As one of the waiters bounded up to say hello, I remembered we’d been there a year before and he’d told me how he’d tried to reclaim PPI. The bank had said no, so he’d given up. At...
Invariably after giving a talk on how student finance 2012 will work, a hand pops up and asks: "can a government change the terms on my loan after I’ve taken it out?". Well, the New Zealand government has done just that, and that may increase those worries. As head of the snappily titled Independent Taskforce on Student...
I’m slightly stunned. I’ve had unfair parking tickets before, I’ve fought them, I’ve won. But this time – well, it was all thankfully a bit easy really. So if you get an unfair ticket, let it be inspiration to not just pay up, but explain.. Note, this is a personal blog. For step-by-step help on unfair council...
The Money Advice Service (MAS) is the official agency tasked with closing the advice and knowledge gaps people have about financial services. It also has a new role distributing public funds for debt advice to the various non-profit debt counselling agencies. In June I was asked to give evidence to a Treasury Select Committee investigation on it....
My heart sank a touch on Tuesday at the potentially dire state of public maths. While queuing at the supermarket, there were two neighbouring banks of self-service tills each with six people queuing. The issue? One had four tills, the other two. This blog is dedicated to the inspiration that is Dr Sheldon Cooper It seems many...
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11 September 2023Update 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...
4 September 2023The 2023 academic year is about to start, and it'll see the biggest shake-up to student finance in England for a decade. The changes are both subtle and massive. On the surface they look like a tweak, in practice they will increase the eventual cost of going to university by over 50% for many typical graduates.