According to recent figures, West Australian low income earners are $12 a week worse of compared to a year ago. A report released by WACOSS today shows that low income families are struggling to keep with the ever rising costs of living.
The report identified that families on low income would more likely have to be making the hard choices between essentials such as rent, utilities and food and may be forced to forego social and recreational activities. Follow this link for details of the report: http://bit.ly/vEVxfq
The Christmas period is a difficult time for struggling families as presents need to be brought, hams need to be purchased, children need to be kept busy over the summer, etc… It is alarming how quickly a happy holiday can turn into a time of turmoil for so many families.
Recent figures show that more and more families are seeking support, emergency relief and assistance as the effort to simply keep food on the table becomes somewhat increasingly complicated.
Chrissy Wadley Case Manager from MIDLAS believes; “with rent prices being so high and out of reach, the choice to pay your weekly rent or provide food on the table becomes ever increasingly real for a large proportion of families we see at MIDLAS. Sometimes the amount spent on rent compared to a mortgage is negligible,”
If you are needing assistance this time of year, please contact MIDLAS on 9250 2123 or visit our website: www.midlas.org.au to make an appointment.