NEW BEN INITIATIVE PROVIDES TOOLS TO HELP RESOLVE FINANCIAL ISSUES
January 15 2016.


- 40% of calls to BEN's Helpline in November and December relate to financial concerns

- 1 in 5 employees in the UK believe their financial situation affects their work


BEN, the not-for-profit automotive industry charity is today launching the second of its Four Pillars campaigns. The Financially Fit initiative has been designed to provide practical advice and information for anyone who is struggling with issues relating to managing their income or debt.

Financial worries can have a huge impact on people's lives with the stress affecting their relationships, employment and their overall physical and mental health. Getting the right advice and support early on can dramatically reduce the impact of debt problems.

BEN's free and confidential helpline will enable callers to find out more about:

- Accessing free, confidential advice on managing income and budgeting effectively

- Information on ways to take control of existing debts

- Planning for a better financial future

David Main, BEN's CEO, commented, "With a recent survey showing 20% of employees concerned that their financial situation affected their work, it's never been more important for employers to raise awareness of the support BEN can provide. Our aim is not just to help and advise the individuals affected by these issues, but to provide employers with the right tools to support staff and ultimately find a permanent solution."

A number of campaign materials are available, including posters, leaflets and digital assets. Employers can download these materials for free via the BEN website www.ben.org.uk/financiallyfit or by emailing financiallyfit@ben.org.uk.

Anyone concerned about their own or a dependent's money worries can speak to BEN free and in confidence by calling 08081 311 333.