Mortgages: Interest Payments

Department for Work and Pensions written question – answered on 22nd February 2018.

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Photo of Melanie Onn Melanie Onn Shadow Minister (Housing, Communities and Local Government) (Housing)

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if she will set out the number of claimants of support for mortgage interest in each region of England and Wales in the most recent 12-month period for which figures are available.

Photo of Kit Malthouse Kit Malthouse The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Work and Pensions

The table below provides forecasts of the caseload for Support for Mortgage Interest (SMI) in 2017/18 by region.

Region

Estimated SMI caseload (000s)

North East

6

North West

16

Yorkshire and Humberside

9

East Midlands

8

West Midlands

11

East

10

London

12

South East

12

South West

8

Wales

7

Scotland

12

Total

110

Notes:

  • Figures have been rounded to the nearest 1,000 cases and may not sum due to rounding.
  • DWP does not hold a single source of data on SMI claims to analyse. Analysis of regional SMI caseloads are based on DWP’s Quarterly Statistical Extract (QSE) data. QSE is a quarterly 5 per cent sample of Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA), Income Support (IS) and Pension Credit (PC) claimants. Quality assured data at regional level is not available for ESA or UC claimants receiving SMI. In the absence of data the regional breakdown of ESA claimants has been assumed to be the same as the JSA, IS and PC caseload. Less than 1% of SMI claimants are estimated to claim UC in 2017/18.
  • Estimates use QSE data over four quarters up to May 2017 and are calibrated to the 2017/18 SMI caseload forecast published in the Benefit Expenditure and Caseload Tables.

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