Consult with your lender, Minister’s advice to British citizens suffering mortgages as predicting decline in inflation.
In an effort to address the growing cost of living, Mel Stride, the secretary of work and pensions, has advised those who are having trouble paying their mortgages to contact their lenders.
Mr. Stride was challenged by caller Ashley on LBC’s Call the Cabinet with Nick Ferrari how he can be expected to “hold his nerve” while fighting to pay off his mortgage.
The measure, which attempts to reduce inflation, came after Prime Minister Rishi Sunak advised homeowners and borrowers to “hold their nerve” amid rising interest rates.
Mr. Stride stated to LBC, “I comprehend…Rising mortgage rates are a huge worry.
“But bringing down inflation is the most crucial thing we can do right now, and we’re determined to halving it by the end of this year.
As you are aware, one of the ways that occurs is when the Bank of England raises interest rates, a move that is referred to as tightening monetary policy and has an impact on mortgages.
“That’s happening in numerous nations all over the world,” he continued.
In actuality, mortgage rates in the US [as well as many other nations] are on par with the ones we have.
“Interest rates in the Eurozone are at their highest levels in several decades.
“Everything here points to really bringing inflation down. Therefore, if we can reduce inflation, those rates will start to ease.
But that doesn’t mean we don’t take action straight away, he continued.
According to Mr. Stride, a recent agreement reached between banks and Chancellor Jeremy Hunt will be essential in assisting homeowners who are having financial difficulties.
After the deal, a residence must now be vacant for at least 12 months before being repossessed.
Additionally, borrowers will be able to temporarily alter their mortgage conditions, such as converting to an interest-only mortgage, and then return to those terms after six months without it having an adverse effect on their credit ratings.
Mr. Stride continued, “The message really, Nick, is to speak to your lender if you are at home worrying about your situation or your ability to repay your mortgage.”
It follows Mr. Stride’s announcement of additional adjustments to working families’ Universal Credit payments, which will now include a £500 cash boost to help parents find new jobs.
According to the current government proposals, universal credit childcare payments for working parents will increase by 47% as of right now.
Due to the payment increase, parents may now claim up to £1,630 for two or more children or up to £951 for one child.
In an effort to assist parents in “getting back to work,” the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has announced that under the new plans, it will provide parents an increase of up to £522 to help cover childcare costs on Universal Credit.
Prior to this, parents could only receive up to £1,108 for two or more children, or £646 for one child.
Regarding the plans, Mr. Stride stated, “We are assisting thousands of parents to go back to work, advance in their careers, and increase their financial situation while making sure they have access to cheap daycare.
“By removing one of the biggest barriers to work for parents in Britain, we are giving families the chance of a better future while doubling down on this government’s pledge to grow the economy and bear down on inflation.”
When parents increase their hours or start working, the plans will also include paying for childcare for the first month so that they may stay one month ahead of payments and assist low-income families who are struggling to pay for daycare up front.
Parents who comply will get 85% of their first month’s childcare expenses reimbursed before their subsequent month’s bills are due, according to the DWP.
The Minister for Children, Families, and Wellbeing, Claire Coutinho, continued, “We are implementing the largest ever extension of free early education in England to ensure parents can access the high-quality, affordable childcare they need.
“The new free hours offer alone may save a working parent who uses 30 hours of childcare annually an average of £6,500.
Parents may be surprised by how much assistance they qualify for; find out more on our special Childcare Choices page.