Support for Mortgage Interest Benefit (Up to 2018) and Loans (From 2018)

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Dear Department for Work and Pensions,
Please answer the following questions concerning the Support for Mortgage Interest (S.M.I.) Benefit (up to 2018) and Support for Mortgage Interest Loan (from 2018) under the Freedom of Information Act:-
1. How many Households were claiming the S.M.I. Benefit (with its associated restrictions) at the time this Benefit ended in 2018?
2. How many Households were using the Loan that replaced this Benefit in:-
(A) 2018?
(B) 2019?
(C) 2020?
3. What are the main terms of the Loan Agreement that those who apply for this Loan have to agree to in order to receive this (e.g. Amount, Interest Rate, Legal Attachment to Property)
4. What Benefits are currently available to holders of Home Loans/Mortgages to pay for their housing costs for those claiming:-
(A) Job Seekers Allowance?
(B) Employment Support Allowance?
(C) Universal Credit?
5. What Benefits are available to Home Buyers to pay their Mortgage/Home Loan during this Covid-19 outbreak and for what period of time?

Yours faithfully,

Rob Heale

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J Roberts left an annotation ()

Recent judicial review concerning LMI:

https://www.bailii.org/ew/cases/EWHC/Adm...

[2020] EWHC 1976 (Admin)

Case Nos: CO/2515/2018 AND CO/2594/2018