Mortgages: Government Assistance

Work and Pensions written question – answered on 11th March 2009.

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Photo of Sally Keeble Sally Keeble Labour, Northampton North

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many households his Department estimates will obtain Government support for unemployed homeowners to pay interest charges on their mortgages.

Photo of Kitty Ussher Kitty Ussher Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Department for Work and Pensions

We are currently revising our projections for jobseeker's allowance, and within this the number of claimant unemployed who are receiving support for mortgage interest, and updated projections will be published following the Budget.

In November 2008, 5,000 jobseeker's allowance claimants received support for mortgage interest, but we would expect this figure to rise in response to increasing unemployment and recent policy changes making support for mortgage interest available from three months into the claim.

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