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

If your employer requires you to work from home, you've always been able to claim for increased costs, eg, heat or electricity, for the specific time at home. Yet during the 2020 lockdown, HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) launched a 'microservice' which, even if you only needed to work from home for a day, allowed you to get a WHOLE year's tax relief.

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 23 Mar: This blog was originally written in July 2020. The regulator has said there are no more planned extensions to payment holidays. So, if you NEED one, in most cases you have just one week left, until the 31 March to apply.  I've updated the blog below with the latest information.

Martin Lewis: How much the Govt expects parents to give their children while at university 2021/22

The new university term is starting for many, and millions of supposedly independent students will be heading off. In fact, though the system doesn't say students are independent, the system incorporates an expected 'parental contribution' to their finances. 

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.

Martin Lewis: I confess, I did a 'decoy effect' experiment on my Twitter and Facebook followers… and it may be why they're buying more Jaffa Cakes

Behavioural economics is a powerful science. Some retailers are undoubtedly using it to make us pay more to get less. One element is the 'decoy effect' – where a higher-priced item is sold, to make items next to it look like bargains. So I wanted to do a little experiment to test it.

Martin Lewis: Money and mental health 2019/20, what a year - 'Stop the Charge', 'Mental Health Accessible' and Covid…

In 2016, I founded the Money and Mental Health Policy Institute charity. It very quickly established itself as the go-to institute for trying to divorce the marriage made in hell that is debt and mental health issues.  

Martin Lewis: My coronavirus fund – £3.4m donated to 415 charities – how we selected, who got it, and some thanks

We've just agreed the final payments for my Coronavirus Poverty Emergency Fund. The total distributed is £3,414,143 to 415 small local charities (or organisations with charitable status). That's an average of over £8,000 per charity. For transparency, I want to run through how we organised, selected the charities, and where the money has gone. I hope this may also help others planning similar things in future.

I'm making £1.9m 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: 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.