Thousands of South Australians have debt problems

Thousands of South Australians are unable to access professional help that would assist them in managing their debts.

According to a 2009 federal report that was made public last week, around 74,000 people in the state are struggling to stay afloat financially, adelaidenow reports.

The document showed that six per cent of the overall Australian population require help with repossessions, utility debts and credit issues, but only 4.5 per cent were eligible to receive legal guidance.

South Australia is the only region without a dedicated legal service, although the state government has now committed funding to the SA Council of Social Service.

Recent studies have shown that Aussies are increasingly reluctant to amass any credit card debt and people are now using debit cards more frequently instead.

However, the high cost of living has left many households with little choice but to fall into arrears and communities minister Ian Hunter told the news provider that the number of people turning to pawn brokers and payday loan providers is "a growing concern".

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