Calls to Nabs' advice line jump 21 per cent

Rising fears about the cost of living and the price of housing among people working in the ad industry is helping fuel the number of calls to the industry's charity advice line.

Nabs: experiences an increase in calls
Nabs: experiences an increase in calls

While concerns about redundancy accounted for 30 per cent of those calling the Nabs service this year, the numbers are less than in 2013.

However, those needing help with money management made up 10 per cent of calls – a figure Nabs expects to increase significantly.

"This is an increasing problem and one we think is going to grow in the coming year," Robin Price, the Nabs acting chief executive, told supporters at the Nabs president’s breakfast today.

The new concerns come as the number of calls to the advice line jumped 21 per cent to 2,660 calls – or about 11 a day – so far this year. Nabs has also given financial help to 190 people during the year.

Meanwhile, the charity has named Sue Peters as the latest recipient of the Ron Miller Award honouring outstanding contributions made by individuals to the charity.

Peters, who has been helping Nabs for 20 years, is a member of the management board of Peterhouse, the Nabs retirement home in Sussex, which she visits almost every day.

After beginning her career in the Beechams marketing department, Peters joined Benton & Bowles. She later ran the Boots account at Collett Dickenson Pearce and was the first woman to be appointed to the agency’s board.

Last month Campaign revealed Diana Tickell, the executive director of marketing at Barnardo's, was to be the next chief executive of the industry charity Nabs.

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