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Hannah Maundrell

Former Editor in Chief

About the Author

Hannah Maundrell is the former Editor in Chief of Money.co.uk.

During her time here she wrote extensively on consumer issues, personal finances and more - becoming a frequent expert commentator on the BBC news channels and radio, the national press and other media.

Are you paying too much council tax?

If your home is in the wrong council tax band you could be paying too much and may even be eligible for a refund. Here is what you need to know.

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How to interview your mortgage broker

We explain how to make sure your broker is both qualified and capable of finding you the best deal before they start your search for the perfect mortgage.

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How to heat your home for less

Getting your home properly insulated can drive down the cost of your energy bills significantly as well as help protect the environment — we show you how to do it without breaking the bank.

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Dealing with debt - where to start

Being faced with unmanageable debt can seem overwhelming but there are a number of options available to you. We explain where to start if you're dealing with debt.

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10 steps to becoming debt free

We explain, step by step, how you can work towards clearing your debts and becoming debt free.

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How to reclaim your bank charges

Persuading a bank to part with money is never easy, so if you want to reclaim your bank charges you will need to put together a good case. We show you exactly what you need to do to claim back bank charges.

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How to check your credit rating

Stay on top of your finances and prevent fraud simply by checking your credit rating - we show you how.

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The flat rate state pension: FAQ

Plans for the new flat rate state pension have now been set out. Here is what it means for you, whenever you are set to retire.

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How to cope with redundancy

With redundancy and unemployment on the rise, we look at what you can do to soften the blow and survive financially should the worst happen.

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Inheritance tax: the basics

Inheritance tax is paid on any assets you leave to family or friends when you die, we explain what you need to know and how to avoid it altogether.

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Why you need to write a will and what you need to consider

If you haven't already recorded your last will and testament, do it now because you never know what tomorrow may bring.

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Are Christmas Clubs the best way to save?

Could a Christmas Club help you save money on your Christmas shopping? We take a look.

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What to do if you cannot pay a bill

We explain what you need to do if you can't afford to pay a bill.

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What is the Financial Services Compensation Scheme and how can you find a list of banks covered by FSCS?

The FSCS can protect your savings if your bank or building society goes bust. Here is how the scheme works, how to protect your savings and a list of banks covered by FSCS.

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Guide to buying a house

Buying a house is complicated, often stressful, but extremely satisfying if you get it right. Knowing what to expect and how to go about it the right way is crucial. Follow our guide on how to buy a house and find out what you need to know in these easy(ish) steps.

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Students lose £32 million in rental deposits when they move out

With four out of five student tenants not signing a photo inventory, read on to find out why they are losing their money and what they can do about it.

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Homeowners on standard mortgages are paying up to £3,500 too much

One in five mortgage customers are paying through the nose for sitting on their lender's standard variable rates.

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Average UK council tax bill up by 3.1% — do you have to suck it up?

With up to £5,539 up for grabs you should read on...

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Are people being priced off the rental ladder?

Rental deposits could account for up to 120% of monthly salaries by 2026 according to a report by the Centre for Economic and Business Research (Cebr) for money.co.uk.

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Ignoring the letter could cost you £275

With just under one month left for eligible customers that were mis-sold credit card security protection to claim, Hannah Maundrell, Editor in Chief of money.co.uk, offers some useful advice on getting your cash back.

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More than four in five Brits planning winter getaway

More than four in every five people in the UK are looking to get away this winter and leave behind the wettest December on record, according to a new study by credit card company MBNA.

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Almost one in ten consumers pay council tax bills on credit cards

Consumers paying their council tax bills on credit cards are stung with an average surcharge of £30.

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Barclaycard announces new giveaway

Barclaycard has announced that it will give away a case of wine worth £60 or a £15 gift voucher to customers who are accepted for its Platinum 33 and 34 month balance transfer card.

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3 essential Black Friday survival tips

Black Friday, one of the biggest shopping days of the year, is just around the corner. Here are three quick tips to make the most of it without blowing a big hole in your budget.

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What are your refund rights?

Whether you braved the sales on Black Friday, or are holding out for bigger bargains in the lead up to Christmas it is vital you know your refund rights:

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The simple way to save £100s on your water bill

Some households are paying hundreds of pounds more than they need to for water supply - is yours one of them?

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How the lives of 10 lottery millionaires went disastrously wrong

Every week, millions of people buy lottery tickets in the hope that this week, finally, it will be their turn to win big. But is being a lottery millionaire all it is made out to be? Not according to this sorry bunch...

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Should I use my mortgage to pay off other debts?

Consolidating credit cards and loan debts into your mortgage can seem a no-brainer - after all, given the size of the debt, mortgage payments can seem low. However, it is not necessarily the win-win strategy it seems - we explain.

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Can you reclaim your mortgage exit fees?

Thanks to an FSA ruling, mortgage customers can now ask their lender to refund a portion of their mortgage exit fees if the amount they had to pay was greater than the fee stated in their original contract. We explain how to make a claim.

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Can buying a repossessed property save you money?

If you can put aside the emotive mental images conjured up by the words 'repossessed property', then there are some real bargains to be had. You just need to know where to look and how to go about buying.

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Your tax credit renewal questions answered

When the time comes to renew your tax credits, you need to make sure HMRC have their facts straight or you could get caught out. Here is what you need to do and why.

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Should I buy a house with friends?

Buying a house is still out of reach for many first time buyers. Sharing the costs with friends or family can seem like a good idea, but what do you need to know before you take the plunge?

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Reclaim Your Bank Charges Letter Template

Remember to remove all the unwanted text before sending the letter.

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Your rights if a retailer goes into administration

Companies going into administration has become commonplace, so where does this leave you? Here is what happens if a company you make a purchase from goes out of business.

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How to complain about bad service - Letter template

Remember to delete the appropriate information before sending the letter.

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Wilko's pick and mix deal back in stores today

Our Editor in Chief, Hannah Maundrell spoke to The Sun about how you can cut the cost of your shopping bills.

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Chris Morling donates £33k over three years to local Primary School

For the past three years our founder and CEO, Chris Morling has given every team member £5,000 to donate to a charity of their choice. The staff all chose charities close to their heart and ranged from small local charities to nationwide specialist ones.

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Endowment tax issues explained

An overview of the possible tax issues associated with endowment policies.

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National Price Hikes Day 2018

National Price Hike Day falls on Easter Sunday this year - the day you'll be hit with a raft of inflation busting price hikes so many of your day-to-day activities will cost you more.

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Brits set to be hit with an increase of up to 300% on personal expenditure

We've predicted our future finances by analysing ONS data from the past 80 years to make a forecast for the next 10 years, taking into consideration inflation and rising expenses.

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Do you live in the party capital of the UK?

Britain's biggest spending hotspots revealed. When all the household bills are paid, where does the money go?

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If you're watching TV, having a shower, posting a letter or picking up a prescription - it will cost you more on Saturday!

We're not joking, 1st April really is 'National Price Hike Day' when you'll be hit with yet another raft of inflation-busting price hikes and many of your day-to-day activities will cost you more.

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Two thirds of working households claim they are JAMs

Half of those with an annual household income of over £70,000 feel they are just about managing financially.

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Buy now and pay through the nose later with catalogue credit

New analysis from independent comparison website money.co.uk reveals that catalogue credit could take the shine off of Christmas bargains as customers can expect to pay up to 60% APR with mainstream brands

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Is your rental deposit safe in the hands of a protection scheme?

Research by money.co,uk and the Cebr finds that 15% of landlords are sitting on an estimated £514m of unprotected deposits.

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New Year, new start... apart

Monday 4th January is peak time to set the 'separation wheels in motion'.

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TalkTalk hike broadband prices

Hannah Maundrell, Editor in Chief at money.co.uk, commented on the latest price hike announcement by TalkTalk

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Paying for children's major milestones could cost parents £259,000

Four out of 10 parents don't save a penny towards this.

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11 million credit card holders do not know they have section 75 protection

The credit card sector's best kept secret - Section 75 of the Consumer Credit Act - came into force 40 years ago.

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