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Equity release: Links and contacts
If you require further information on equity release you may find the following information and internet links useful:

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Actuarial Profession

Safe Home Income Plans (SHIP)

SHIP is an organisation supported by leading providers of home plans.

Launched in 1991 in response to high profile problems of equity release schemes, SHIP is dedicated entirely to the protection of planholders and promotion of safe home income plans.

All participating companies are pledged to observe the SHIP Code of Practice and to display the SHIP logo in their brochures and other printed material as a guarantee to their customers.

Tel: 0870 241 60 60

All of the providers below are SHIP members:

Tel: 0870 608 0091
Abbey does not currently offer lifetime mortgages but is a member of SHIP.

Freephone: 0808 100 1065

Tel: 01452 419221

Tel: 0117 9432288

Tel: 0870 609 0616

Freephone: 0800 731 4076

Freephone: 0800 253 657

Telephone: 0800 70 75 80

Tel: 0845 302 2287

Independent financial advisors who specialise in equity release schemes. They are product providers for the Orchard Cash Plan for which they are members of SHIP.
Freephone: 0800 064 7075

Freecall: 0500 0500 20

Tel: 01372 744155

Tel: 0121 712 3800

Tel: 0845 600 2220

Tel: 0845 302 0111

Tel: 0845 60 90 600

Freephone: 0800 316 9959

Tel: 0845 609 0254

Tel: 08457 25 24 23


Age Concern

Age Concern produce a regularly updated fact sheet on equity release, called Raising Income or Capital From Your Home.

You can also order a free printed factsheet by telephoning the information line on 0800 00 99 66.


Help The Aged

Help The Aged also has a factsheet available.

Tel:0845 2300 820


IFA Promotion

The IFA trade body IFA Promotion also produces a guide to Equity Release.

You can view it here.

Alternatively, you can call the hotline to order a copy: 0800 085 3250


FSA

Consumer Helpline: 0845 606 1234


Council of Mortgage Lenders


Specialist IFAs

There are a number of Independent Financial Advisors (IFAs) who specialise in Equity Release, including:

Freephone: 0800 32 88 432

Freephone: 0800 074 2684

Freephone: 0800 064 7075

Tel: 0845 788 99 33


Foundations

Foundations is the ODPM appointed National Co-ordinating Body for Home Improvement Agencies (HIAs) in England. HIAs are not-for-profit, locally based organisations that assist vulnerable homeowners or private sector tenants who are older, disabled or on low income, to repair, improve, maintain or adapt their home.

Helpline: 01457 891909



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