Sustainability and gaining employment is impacted largely by the cost of living. The high cost of living in Perth can increase the impact and role unemployment plays on a person’s financial situation.

The rise in the cost of bread is often used in such comparisons. However the West Australian http://bit.ly/zqOYzH highlights the dramatic increase in staples such as “food, clothing, rent, transport, utility bills and recreational costs.” When a person experiences a sudden loss of income it can be extremely difficult to manage even basic living for both individuals and families.  Unemployment benefits may assist in a short term situation, however basic Government pensions/allowances are unable to cover all living expenses comfortably. MIDLAS Financial Counselors can advocate for people who are experiencing this kind of financial stress, and who may not be aware of their rights and responsibilities. Hardship Utility Grants (HUGS) can also provide financial assistance for clients who are having difficulty paying their utility bills.

To find out more about the MIDLAS service or to book an appointment, call (08)9250 2123 or leave a message on our website: www.midlas.org.au/contacts

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