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I’ve been locked out of my bank account by Barclays

Thursday, 11 May 2017 | Article

This article was written by Moneywise's Fight for your Rights columnist Simon Read in response to a reader’s query.

Have you won Moneywise’s £1,000 prize draw?

Monday, 08 May 2017 | News

Almost 50,000 people voted in the Moneywise Customer Service Awards 2017 – and one lucky participant has scooped a £1,000 cash prize.

Deal of the week: locate UK cash machines with free app

Friday, 05 May 2017 | News

Never be left without cash again. A new app has been launched this week, which can locate more than 70,000 cash machines across the UK.

Consumers hit by £300 million unarranged overdraft fees

Thursday, 04 May 2017 | News

Going overdrawn continues to be a costly mistake with consumers paying a combined £300 million in unarranged overdraft fees in the past year.

True money stories from smart people: The naked truth

Friday, 24 February 2017 | Article

Have you noticed how much British people like to get their kit off nowadays? So much for ‘reserved’ Brits

Are online banks safe?

Friday, 09 December 2016 | Article

Following the recent Tesco Bank online banking scandal that is being investigated by the police, we look at how you can keep your money safe. Plus tips on how to manage multiple passwords.

3.2 million people use Current Account Switching Service in first three years

Friday, 16 September 2016 | News

Over 3.2 million people have moved bank accounts via the Current Account Switching Service (Cass), which launched three years ago today to encourage more people to shop around for better value current accounts.

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.

Looking to switch current account? Get £200 with HSBC

Wednesday, 07 September 2016 | News

HSBC has revived its £200 sign-up offer for people who switch to its Advance or Premier current...

Deal of the week: Fed up with overdraft fees? This could be the account for you

Wednesday, 17 August 2016 | News

Every week Moneywise’s product researcher Tom Wilson picks out his favourite deal. This week – Virgin Money’s genuinely fee-free current account.