Ben reports rising cost concerns

Automotive charity Ben has seen a rising number of people in the sector seeking help in managing finances and debts.

This comes as the rising cost of living in the UK reaches new heights, with inflation up to nine per cent and prices for a full tank of petrol topping £100 for the first time ever.

Ben now says that one in five people in the automotive community are currently struggling to keep up with rising costs, with more and more people contacting them for help both in managing finances and dealing with the mental strain of financial insecurity.

Ben supports people by providing information, advice and guidance related to finances or debt, offering financial assistance or providing emotional support to those struggling with their mental health and wellbeing.

Rachel Clift, health and wellbeing director at Ben, said: “While we can’t alter the rising cost of living, there are many ways that Ben can make life easier for those struggling with financial troubles. Whether that’s making sure you know which benefits you may be entitled to, or helping you to manage your money in the short or longer term – we’re here to help.

“Many people suffer in silence because financial insecurity carries a lot of feelings of shame and low self-esteem. We often find that people wait until a struggle becomes a crisis before reaching out to Ben for help.

“Ben is here for everyone who works or has worked in the automotive community regardless of their circumstances. Our whole purpose is to help our automotive family to overcome life’s challenges – without judgment or prejudice. If you are worried about money, if you are in need of financial assistance or simply want reassurance that you’re prepared and in a good place financially, ready to weather the cost-of-living storm, please do get in touch. We have a team of specialists here, ready and waiting to help you.”