Mortgage Support Misery For Unemployed

As a result of the emergency budget on 22nd June 2010 thousands of those unlucky unemployed who reply on the state to provide a roof over their head will have more financial misery as a result of the changes that will take effect on how much of their mortgage payments are paid for by the department of work and pensions (DWP).

The new formula will used to calculate how much support they will get each month is based on an average of the Bank of England’s monthly Average Mortgage Rate (found on their website under “statistics” then “Bankstats” Table G1.4 under column “HSDE”). This rate will only change when the Bank of England publishes an average rate that differs from the standard rate by 0.5% or more.

Currently this rate is 3.67% (set from Apr 2010).

Interest rate support will be based on the lower of this rate or the actual rate you have on your mortgage. For the unlucky 110,000 people who on a higher rate you will have to fund the shortfall in the mortgage payments yourself or more likely accumulate arrears and charges and a tarnished credit profile.

If you are on a higher fixed rate or standard variable rate contact your lender and find out if you have any cheaper alternatives. Although you should consider interest rates movements when they happen are likely to be upwards which would reduce the amount of shortfall you may have to find each month if you locked into a fixed rate. Switching to a tracker could make your position worse in a market where rates are increasing. Not to mention DWP may alter the calculation again.

There are many unemployed borrowers suck on lenders standard variable rate. A prime example Northern Rock with a rate of 4.84% with no option to switch to a cheaper rate even if they were supporting their own mortgage so those dependent on the DWP will incur arrears and charges. With new borrowing at a all time low homeowners are being placed in a very venerable position indeed with far reaching consequences which will damage and limit their borrowing capacity in the future.

And if you think being registered as disabled will help your cause, you will of course be wrong the government has a mandate to reduce public spending and are doing just that.

Homeowners should therefore take note covering your mortgage monthly expenses and income has never been so important so consider your own “what if?” scenario’s and ensure your not left in a poverty trap.

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