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Figure 10: Housing Cost as a Proportion of Weekly Family Income by Housing Type 60% Public Rental Private Rental Homeowner/Mortgage 50% Other 40% 30% 20% 10% 0% <25% 25-49% 50-74% 75%+ Survey respondents were asked whether they were able to pay their accommodation expenses on time and if after they pay these expenses, they are able to meet their household’s other basic needs. Over half of the 2014 survey respondents (54.3%) indicated they were always able to pay their accommodation expenses on time, 37.5% were sometimes unable and 8.2% were frequently unable to pay their accommodation expenses on time. However, while over half of the respondents said they were always able to pay their accommodation on time, 42% said that after paying these expenses they were frequently unable to meet their household’s other basic needs and a further 50.6% said they were sometimes unable to meet these basic needs. Over 40% of survey respondents identified that they had accessed housing support services for help with finding accommodation, help with paying rent and/or rent arrears. Respondents were also asked if they have moved house in the last five years: 40% had moved house. Clients were also asked how many times they had moved in the last five years. This ranged from 0 times up to 30-40 times. Of those who stated they had moved:     25.8% had moved once; 29% had moved twice; 23.2% had moved three times; and 20.7% had moved four or more times. Of those respondents who had moved house in the last five years, 53.1% indicated that at least one of these moves had been as a result of being unable to meet their housing costs. 39