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, 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...

Martin Lewis: Should I overpay my student loan?

Beware student loan statements, they're dangerous and misleading. I wish I could tell you to rip 'em up without looking at them, but occasionally there's practical info you need. Over five million uni leavers still have outstanding loans. Many panic seeing £100s interest added each month – a financial canker that's led some into making catastrophic decisions.

Martin Lewis: Debt desperation to happy homeowner in 8 years

No matter how dire your money situation seems, there is always hope. Things may never be perfect, but they can improve and taking action is the best way to make that happen. The team recently forwarded me an email from Jay, which exemplifies that in beautiful technicolour detail. And Jay has now kindly given me permission to reproduce it.

The devastating impact a stroke can have on your finances and your life...

Nick Cann used to be the boss of the Institute of Financial Planning, a great communicator who'd also dabbled in stand-up. I too am in the financial world, a communicator by trade, and once dabbled in stand-up. I met Nick to give him an award for fundraising after he'd had his serious 'brain attack' and lost most of his ability to talk.

Martin Lewis: 11m will see energy bills cut on 1 Oct – but check if you’re being RIPPED OFF

I can reveal that on 1 October, it is almost certain the energy price cap rate, for all but those on prepay meters, will drop by roughly £80/year. This means 11 million households on these tariffs will get cheaper deals. Yet that worries me. It risks giving people a false sense of security that they're getting a good price – when nothing could be further from the truth.