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John Hemming (Birmingham, Yardley, Liberal Democrat)

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether the Government continue to provide benefits to meet the interest payments on a loan which had been taken out by a person now on benefits when an endowment policy accompanying a mortgage matures but does not provide sufficient funds to pay off the balance of that mortgage.

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James Plaskitt (Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Department for Work and Pensions; Warwick and Leamington, Labour)

Yes; the balance of any loan which originally qualified for help with interest payments would remain eligible for such help where part of the capital is repaid.

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