Almost two thirds of respondents reported feeling stressed about their futures (62%) and have had to cut down on basic necessities as a result of limited financial resources (62%). Almost half of respondents (47%) reported going without meals and over two thirds (37%) have resorted to selling or pawning possessions to make ends meet.
Over half of respondents had to delay the payment of bills (55%) and over a quarter have had to delay rent or mortgage payments (28%).It’s really hard to get by. Especially the bills, gas, electricity and rents are very expensive.
"I am renting, because it is so long to get into public housing. It is financially draining and I am finding it very difficult to keep putting food on the table." - Respondent comment
Over half of respondents (58%) had approached welfare and community based services for help and 47 per cent had asked for help from family and friends. Current financial circumstances had resulted in family conflict for 29 per cent of respondents.