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BEN urges former Unipart Automotive employees to turn to them for support

Following confirmation that Unipart Automotive - a separate company to the Unipart Group - has entered administration with job losses totalling 1,250 - BEN, the automotive industry charity has extended its help and support to those affected.

The charity has contacted KPMG, the appointed administrators, and hopes that through them, and its own communications, it can ensure that those who have been displaced know BEN is on hand during this potentially difficult period.

It is too soon to be able to assess the long term impact of these circumstances but the charity recognises that a vast number of these individuals will now face an uncertain future – causing much worry and stress.

BEN is keen to ensure that former Unipart Automotive employees understand the confidential and independent help available to them through its professional support services.

These include:

Listening/Advice Services

Those in need can call any time they have an issue or just need someone to listen.

Support with how to manage existing monetary commitments

Advice on entitlement and application processes for:
o Job Seekers allowance
o Redundancy payment claims
o Other potential benefits suitable to an individual’s circumstance

Signposting

Directing to, and providing details of, other appropriate agencies and support organisations appropriate for their need 

Short term financial assistance

Whilst not a long term solution, BEN can provide financial help where circumstances make it appropriate

Nigel Rothband, BEN’s chief operating officer, said: “We are extremely saddened to have lost Unipart Automotive.

"However, our communities’ priority is to safeguard those who find themselves without employment.

"I am pleased the messages we’re communicating are getting through; we have already received a number calls from those affected and are providing support.  
 


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