Demand increases for Ben support

Demand for support from Ben has risen sharply in the second quarter of 2023.

It reported a 23% year-on-year increase in enquiries and a 20% increase in support cases, with people not only struggling to make ends meet, but also with their mental health.

As the cost-of-living crisis continues to grip the UK, Ben has supported 128 households who couldn’t afford to put food on the table in the last 12 months, 66 households who couldn’t pay their rent or mortgage costs and 52 households who couldn’t afford their utility bills.

Rachel Clift, health and wellbeing director at Ben, said: “Times are getting increasingly tough for families and individuals, especially now the summer holidays are here. If you’re worried about making ends meet, buying food, paying the bills and school uniforms for September, you’re not alone, Ben is here for you. We want everyone in our industry to know that we’re here.

“Many individuals and families are being pushed to the edge with the current rising cost of living. It’s also impacting other areas of their health and wellbeing so if you work, or have worked, in the automotive industry please get in touch now if you’re struggling or feeling at breaking point. You can contact our free and confidential helpline.”