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 With benefit cuts and the failure of the government's Mortgage Rescue Scheme, homeowners must understand that they cannot rely on state help alone if they lose their income.

The Mortgage Rescue Scheme was intended to help 6,000 households struggling to pay their mortgage: in its first two years it has helped just 2,600. 

Not only that, but the scheme is over budget, with the average cost of each rescue reaching £93,000 compared to an expected cost of £34,000 - a burden the government can ill afford as it looks to cut costs across the board.

Given this situation, it is hugely concerning that consumers still believe they would not need to worry if they lost their income due to unemployment or sickness.

In a recent survey, it was found that a third of consumers thought they would rely on the government if their inome suddenly stopped. In light of the ongoing austerity measures, this may not be the best option as the government seeks to reduce the UK's deficit. 

With less support from the government, consumers need to ensure they have a financial contingency plan in place in case the worst happened.

In the same survey, only 11% of people claimed to have mortgage payment protection insurance and a mere 4% had income insurance; worrying figures given the current economic market. 

Yet, almost half said that they would not be able to last longer than three months on their savings alone.

This is pretty startling given the fact that the current jobseekers' allowance would only provide £270 a month, highlighting a real requirement for adequate protection. 

With our strained circumstances set to continue, mortgage payers need to be realistic about their options, ensuring they have a contingency plan in place to support them if their income suddenly stopped due to illness or redundancy.

In the current economic backdrop, consumers need quality advice more than ever.

Posted: 31/08/2011 15:46:22 by Mark Williams | with 0 comments


More than three-quarters of people are happy for their parents or grandparents to use equity release to help fund their retirement, despite property being seen as a key part of inheritance, according to recent research.


It revealed that the topic of inheritance remains taboo, with 63% of Britons having not or refusing to talk about it openly with their parents.


However, 40% of people still expect an inheritance and may even build it into their own retirement plan.


It also highlighted that as the cost of living has risen alongside house prices, equity release has become increasingly popular as a method of funding retirement.


The most valuable asset many over-55s have is their home, with an average house price for this age group of £231,306 compared to the national average of £160,519.


Despite the British taboo of discussing inheritance, it seems that three-quarters of Britons are happy for their parents to use the cash in their property to enjoy a better lifestyle in retirement. Retirees should be encouraged to talk openly with their families about their plans and dreams for the future.


Not everyone has the funds in place to support the retirement they once thought possible and we encourage those approaching retirement to look at their full range of assets, including pensions, investments and property.


Equity release could be a solution for some, as it allows people to turn the potentially dormant capital in their homes into cash without having to move, thereby helping them make the most of their retirement years.


If this was something that you wanted to discuss, I have the relevant qualification to advise in such an area, so feel free to get in touch ( )


Thanks as always for your attention.

Posted: 24/08/2011 13:14:18 by Mark Williams | with 0 comments