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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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WACOSS Cost of Living Report 2017

The Financial Counselling Network was a key contributor to the 10th annual WACOSS Cost of Living Report (published in December 2017) which models the income and expenditure of three household types, and provides analysis of relative changes in...

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2018 FCN Client Feedback

The latest snapshot of feedback from Financial Counselling clients across the Network is available here  

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Hardship Utility Grant Scheme (HUGS) Service Centre Video

The HUGS Service Centre provides over-the-phone support for people experiencing difficulty paying utility bills. The telephone service is funded by the WA Government through the Department of Communities to assist Western Australians to keep connected...

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HUGS Service Centre launched in Armadale

The HUGS Service Centre is a third party assessment pathway for non-concessional customers experiencing financial hardship. Click here to read the full article on The Comment News

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How to manage your credit card debt

An ABC 720 Perth radio interview.  

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UnitingCare West and Blue Sky Community Group partner to provide financial counselling after State Govt delivers on election promise

A MORLEY community group has restarted its financial counselling service after the State Government announced $870,000 in funding for 11 services in Perth. Full article can be read here, via Community News – Eastern Reporter

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Homes lost as mortgage pain mounts

West Australians are falling behind in their mortgage payments, underpinning a worrying trend of underemployment. Click here to read the full article on thewest.com.au

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