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Mortgages: Government Assistance

Volume 491: debated on Wednesday 22 April 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what expenditure his Department incurred on support for mortgage interest benefit in each of the last five years. (266312)

[holding answer 24 March 2009]: The available information is in the following table.

Total expenditure on support for mortgage interest 2006-08

£

2004-05

n/a

2005-06

n/a

2006-07

351,377,127

2007-08

394,787,646

2008-09

372,772,841

n/a = Not available

Note:

Information for the last three financial years is held on the Department's financial systems. Information for earlier years could only be obtained at disproportionate cost.

Source:

Bank statements from the Office of Paymaster General that show the amount paid out to third party lenders.

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people received support for mortgage interest benefit in each of the last 20 quarters. (266313)

The available information is in the tables.

Income support claimants receiving support for mortgage interest

Number

November 2003

118,700

February 2004

116,200

May 2004

113,500

August 2004

110,800

November 2004

107,800

February 2005

105,600

May 2005

104,900

August 2005

102,700

November 2005

100,800

February 2006

99,000

May 2006

96,900

August 2006

95,600

November 2006

94,100

February 2007

92,000

May 2007

91,200

August 2007

88,200

February 2008

83,400

May 2008

81,700

August 2008

81,200

Jobseeker’s allowance claimants receiving support for mortgage interest

Number

November 2003

14,300

February 2004

14,000

May 2004

13,100

August 2004

11,400

November 2004

11,100

February 2005

11,200

May 2005

10,900

August 2005

8,700

November 2005

9,200

February 2006

10,400

May 2006

9,900

August 2006

9,900

November 2006

9,800

February 2007

9,600

May 2007

8,900

August 2007

8,700

February 2008

8,400

May 2008

8,200

August 2008

7,200

Pension credit claimants receiving support for mortgage interest

Number

November 2003

88,900

February 2004

90,700

May 2004

105,700

August 2004

110,600

November 2004

112,500

February 2005

113,300

May 2005

115,100

August 2005

116,900

November 2005

116,900

February 2006

116,600

May 2006

117,500

August 2006

117,300

November 2006

116,900

February 2007

116,000

May 2007

115,500

August 2007

115,200

February 2008

113,200

May 2008

112,400

August 2008

111,000

Notes:

1. Figures have been rounded to the nearest hundred. Totals may not sum.

2. Figures have been uprated using 5 per cent. proportions against 100 per cent. WPLS totals.

3. November 2007 data is not available as DWP has not received this.

4. Pension credit was introduced on 6 October 2003 and replaced minimum income guarantee (income support for people aged 60 or over). The vast majority of people who were previously in receipt of the minimum income guarantee transferred to pension credit in October 2003.

Source:

Department for Work and Pensions, Information Directorate, 5 per cent. sample.