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(London,UK) The UK Autism Foundation has called on the Prime Minister and Chancellor Alistair Darling to include families with autism who are in danger of losing their homes in his flagship mortgages scheme. Doubts have been raised in the British newspapers as to how many households would be saved from re-possessions. There has been a suggestion that only 9,000 people would avoid re-possessions. The charity is urging for families with autism to be included in the mortgage rescue plan.

Mortgage experts are predicting that there will be 75,000 re-possessions in 2009 and 45,000 re-possessions by the end of December 2008.The Prime Minister Gordon Brown recently announced after the Queen’s Speech that he will introduce a Homeowner Mortgage Support Scheme. This scheme would allow people hit by a significant temporary loss in their income to defer a proportion of their interest payments on their home loans for up to two years.

The UK Autism Foundation has been campaigning for help and support for families with autism who have been threatened with home re-possessions. The autism charity has now called on Prime Minister Gordon Brown and Chancellor Alistair Darling to ensure that families with autism will be helped by the Homeowner Mortgage Support Scheme introduced by Her Majesty’s Government.

The charity has been calling for an increase in tax credits, the disability living allowance and the carer’s allowance for parents, carers, children and adults with autism and Asperger’s Syndrome. Eighty Seven MPs of all parties signed an early day motion (sponsored by John Battle MP) in the House of Commons supporting the call of the UK Autism Foundation.

The foundation has called for greater support for families with autism during the credit crunch and the recession. Many families are suffering as a result of the economic downturn.

Chancellor Alistair Darling included help for families with disabilities in his pre-budget report announced in the House of Commons. The Chancellor increased tax credits, child benefit and included a £70 payment for children with disabilities including autism. This move was welcomed by the UK Autism Foundation.

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