Homeowners need help from banks -- Hanafin
THE banks were told by a cabinet minister to provide easily accessible information to homeowners in mortgage arrears and fighting to keep their house.
A new website aimed at people concerned about mortgage and rent arrears, www.keepingyourhome.ie, has already been visited by 3,500 people.
Operated by the Citizens Information Board, the most read documents on the newly launched website include how to access help with paying a mortgage and home repossession.
The website is modelled on the website www.losingyourjob.ie, which was launched last year.
Social Welfare Minister Mary Hanafin (above) said the information on mortgages, tax and where to turn to for advice should be replicated by the banks.
"What I really would like to see is that all of the banks would have either something similar on their own homepage or that they would do a link to this website, because it is designed to be able to support people," she said.