Many households behind on payments

27th March 2007, Comments 0 comments

27 March 2007, AMSTERDAM – Between 101,000 and 158,000 households are behind in their payments, according to a report sent to Parliament by State secretary for social affairs Ahmed Aboutaleb. They are behind in paying back their mortgage or other loans, and/or utilities bills.

27 March 2007


AMSTERDAM – Between 101,000 and 158,000 households are behind in their payments, according to a report sent to Parliament by State secretary for social affairs Ahmed Aboutaleb. They are behind in paying back their mortgage or other loans, and/or utilities bills.

Aboutaleb wants further study into the matter to be able to give more exact figures. Parliament commissioned a study in 2004 into the number of families in serious debt. It proved difficult to determine how many there are.

The study did provide more insight into the background behind the figures. Many of the households having difficulty making payments are large families in which the woman is the breadwinner. In many cases they are single-parent homes.

The study also showed that one in three has had payment difficulties in the past. One quarter solved these problems with professional help. Three-quarters of the households with payment arrears have a debt of less than EUR 5,000.

[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2007]

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