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Wellbeing Advisory Board launches new cost of living guide for employers and employees

Cross-sector wellbeing experts focus on the priority issues of today. Now, with cost of living guidance, covering everything from bills, debt, health and working life to financial abuse.

12 Jun 2023


Full press release

Legal & General Group Protection’s Wellbeing Advisory Board today announces the launch of a new cost of living guide. Packed with simple, accessible and practical tips and signposting, it covers everything in one place, from housing, bills, debt and working life to childcare, eldercare, health, leisure activities and financial abuse.

The guide is available as a free download from Legal & General’s new financial wellbeing webpage, which also includes support for employers in the shape of a webinar with some of the Wellbeing Advisory Board members. All this sits alongside guidance on Post-Covid-19 syndrome, the first area of focus for the Board.

The Wellbeing Advisory Board is a body of experts across a range of clinical, occupational, vocational rehabilitation and business consulting fields. The team works together to share cross-sector insights across the priority health and wellbeing issues of today, providing signposting, summaries and lived experience examples. Legal & General says the goal of the Board is to help employees and employers navigate the increasingly complex wellbeing landscape.

Direct correlation between finances and health

Today’s announcement comes at a time when the average household is just 19 days from the breadline, according to Legal & General’s latest Deadline to Breadline report. The research also found that people affected by both Covid-19 and the cost of living have a much higher level of debt and are just 1 week from the breadline1.

Meanwhile, a recent study by Fruitful Insights – a wellbeing-focused data and analytics business that has partnered with Legal & General Group Protection – investigated the total number of health issues experienced by those with ‘sufficient income’ and ‘not sufficient’. It found that 21% of those that reported insufficient income also reported four or more health issues, compared with 9% in the sufficient income group2.

Vanessa Sallows, Claims & Governance Director, Legal & General Group Protection. Also, Chair of the Wellbeing Advisory Board: “Financial wellbeing impacts overall health and wellbeing in many ways, influencing our choices around diet and exercise and even around work and relationships. For example, we found recently from research for a series of articles that loneliness is disproportionately affecting the younger generation during the cost of living crisis; income having a bigger role to play for 16 to 34 year olds, in terms of representing a loneliness risk factor, than for any other age group3

An appreciation of this kind of joined-up thinking is arguably vital to people keeping well, nipping problems in the bud early and also managing long-term conditions.”

Please find a direct link to the new cost of living guide here.

For more information on the Wellbeing Advisory Board and its members, please go here: https://www.legalandgeneral.com/employer/group-protection/employer-toolkit/be-well-hub/wellbeing-advisory-board/


References

1Legal & General, Deadline To Breadline 2022: Exploring the financial resilience of working households across the UK https://www.legalandgeneral.com/adviser/protection/knowledge-hub/research-insights/deadline-to-breadline/

2Fruitful Insights is a data and analytics business that has partnered with Legal & General Group Protection to help clients (with 100+ employees) quantify the impact of wellbeing on workforce productivity. It’s new report is entitled Rethinking the future of workplace wellbeing in the post-pandemic era: Business Insights Report 2023 https://www.fruitfulinsights.co.uk/wellbeing

3TheHRD, Why wellbeing strategy needs to factor in loneliness, May 2023 https://www.thehrdirector.com/features/health-and-wellbeing/wellbeing-strategy-needs-factor-loneliness/

Further information

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Koren Byrne-Hunte

PR Manager

Legal & General Retail

Notes to editors

Established in 1836, Legal & General is one of the UK's leading financial services groups and a major global investor, with over £1.2 trillion in total assets under management* of which 39% is international. We have a unique and highly synergistic business model, which continues to drive strong returns. Legal & General provides powerful asset origination and management capabilities directly to clients, which also underpin our leading retirement and protection solutions. We are a leading international player in Pension Risk Transfer, in UK and US life insurance, and in UK workplace pensions and retirement income. Our purpose is to improve the lives of our customers and create value for our shareholders. Through inclusive capitalism, we are investing in long-term assets, such as real estate and infrastructure, that can help build a better society for the future.

Legal & General Retail helps create brighter financial futures for all our customers. The division covers the savings, protection and retirement needs of our c.13 million retail policyholders and workplace members.  

In 2022, we had total individual annuity sales of £954 million, and issued £632 million of Lifetime Mortgages and Retirement Interest Only Mortgages. Our Workplace pension platform served 4.9 million members, while our Protection businesses gave peace of mind to more than 6.3 million UK life insurance, 1.8 million group and 1.5 million US customers, taking in £3.1 billion of gross written premiums.

*at 31 Dec 2022