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The Financial Counselling Network’s 2018-2019 Impact Statement

The Financial Counselling Network supports people experiencing financial hardship across Western Australia. We provide a range of integrated, person-centred services aimed at reducing the drivers and impacts of financial hardship in the WA community. To...

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Power bill pressure bites as people face disconnection

Alison Coats was juggling a new full-time job at an inner-city law firm and raising three young boys when her power was cut off. “Pretty much over the space of a weekend my life changed,...

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Western Australia’s second Hardship Utility Grant Scheme (HUGS) Service Centre now open in Bunbury

Western Australia’s second Hardship Utility Grant Scheme (HUGS) Service Centre was officially opened in Bunbury on Friday 20 September. The commissioning of the second HUGS Service Centre comes just one year after the first was...

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Payday lending – who’s being targeted and how do we protect the vulnerable ? On Focus with Jessica Strutt ABC Radio Perth

A growing number of people are turning to payday lenders and consumer leasing as they struggle to cope financially. How to seek help through a free Financial Counselling service. Listen here.

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Banking Royal Commission Prompts Calls for Greater Financial Counselling Support

“Financial counsellors provide a myriad of services to the community, including promoting financial capability, reducing the risk of vulnerable and disadvantaged consumers being targeted by predatory businesses, and helping consumers to resolve financial problems and...

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Financial counselling crisis leaves vulnerable borrowers exposed

Financial counsellors say there is one emotion shared widely by those in financial distress — shame. Read the article here

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Perth mother on disability pension charged $760 for $175 loan by short-term credit agent Cigno

It was her daughter’s first birthday that tipped Perth mother Jayde Lowe into financial hardship. Read the article here.

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Mortgage stress surges as dream of home ownership fades

As Australia’s levels of household debt relative to disposable income hit historic highs, experts are warning of a perfect financial storm on the horizon for struggling home owners with a surge in repayments set to...

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Western Australia’s mortgage ‘delinquents’: The stories behind the stats

A collaborative result from member organisations of the Financial Counselling Network. Read the article here  

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How the Perth suburb of Baldivis became Australia’s bankrupt capital – August 2018

“Unfortunately we’ve seen an awful lot of people going through bankruptcy in the last two years, particularly in the Baldivis area,” Mrs Hamilton said. Read more here.  

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