Articles by Helen Knapman

Proposal for £500 advice at retirement is a 'gimmick', say Moneywise users

Wednesday, 14 September 2016 | News

Plans to enable retirees to take £500 tax-free from their pension to put towards advice have been hailed as a “gimmick” by the majority of users.

Inflation unchanged as rising food prices offset by falling hotel costs

Tuesday, 13 September 2016 | News

The Consumer Prices Index (CPI) rate of inflation rose by 0.6% in the year to August, figures released by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) reveal today.

Plastic £5 note launches: what you need to know

Tuesday, 13 September 2016 | News

A new £5 note featuring former Prime Minister Sir Winston Churchill launches today, becoming the first Bank of England note to be printed on polymer – a thin flexible plastic.

Milk costs £4, while teachers earn £1.1m: the world according to children

Monday, 12 September 2016 | News

A pint of milk costs £4.38 on average, while teachers earn £1.1million a year, according to a study of 1,000 seven- to 11-year-olds.

£14bn damages claim filed against MasterCard by former chief ombudsman

Friday, 09 September 2016 | News

A £14 billion damages claim has been filed against MasterCard by the former chief ombudsman of the Financial Ombudsman Services.

Seven in ten Moneywise users find an accountant through word of mouth

Thursday, 08 September 2016 | News

Word of mouth is the most popular method readers use to find an accountant.

Seven in ten households could save hundreds by switching energy tariff

Wednesday, 07 September 2016 | News

Nearly seven in ten households (66%) are on expensive standard variable energy tariffs and could save by switching, according to the latest figures from the energy regulator.

Debt problems hit record high

Wednesday, 07 September 2016 | News

The number of people seeking help with debt problems has hit a record high already in 2016, according to new research from StepChange.

Lloyds Bank most complained about provider, says Ombudsman

Tuesday, 06 September 2016 | News

Customers of Lloyds Bank take the most complaints to the Financial Ombudsman Service, with the independent complaints arbitrator resolving 22,241 gripes about the firm in the first half of the year.

Petrol prices edge up in August

Monday, 05 September 2016 | News

Motorists were hit with petrol and diesel price rises in August, despite a price cut at supermarket pumps at the start of the month.