Paul Lewis

Award-winning journalist and broadcaster Paul Lewis is perhaps best known as the presenter of BBC Radio 4’s Money Box and Money Box Live, and as the author of numerous books on personal finance. He has also frequently appeared on various BBC television and radio programmes as an expert on financial services.

As a regular columnist in Money Marketing, Paul has covered a variety of topics, including bank scams and fraud, DB transfer, auto-enrolment, pensions cold calling, the state pension, National Insurance contributions, and the FCA and adviser websites.

Less well known is Lewis’s expertise on Victorian author Wilkie Collins.

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Paul Lewis: HMRC has made a mess of state pension credits

Thousands have been incorrectly fined, with many also missing out on vital state pension credits In a rare admission of incompetence, HM Revenue & Customs is to waive penalty charges for tens of thousands of parents who received child benefit even though their income was too high. They will still have to pay the back […]

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Paul Lewis: Banks must step up efforts on scam prevention

New rules mean banks will have to take more responsibility for fraud protection. But is it enough? Last month, the police reporting service Action Fraud tweeted: “2019 will not be a happy year for fraudsters.” It was referring to a new initiative where banks will check the name of the payee before transferring money to […]

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Paul Lewis: Advisers and financial journalists are one and the same

Advisers and financial journalists must support each other more in our different roles. After all, we both exist for the same reason Why do financial journalists exist? I am sure that it is a question many IFAs ask, especially when they read things they think are wrong, dangerous or fail to end with “find a […]

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Paul Lewis: FSCS funding row misses crucial point

The wrong people are paying the levy and the fund is not going to enough of the right consumers Consumers of financial services firms are not being given enough compensation when they are missold, misadvised or out-and-out cheated. Or, rather, not enough clients are being given compensation. We know that because, in most cases, they […]

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Paul Lewis: Time to shake up IHT rules for non-married couples

Non-married couples deserve to be treated more fairly when it comes to their tax rights An emergency vicar was recently called to comedian Ken Dodd’s bedside for the marriage of the 90-year-old to Anne Jones, his partner of 40 years. It is not often the church is involved in tax planning – at least not on […]