First things first
It’s important not to panic or to put things off. Finding answers to questions will help you make practical plans:
- Are you entitled to redundancy pay? How much will this be? How long will it last?
- What benefits are you entitled to? You may be eligible for Jobseeker’s Allowance. You can check if you’re eligible here opens in new window or visit your local Jobs & Benefits Office. Claims can take a while to process, even if you expect to find work, so apply immediately
- Do you have insurance cover? Will this help you meet debt repayments while you are out of work
- Are you entitled to a refund of tax due to your current circumstances?
- If you have a pension, what options do you have?
When you have the information you need, start working out a new budget. There is a budget calculator which you may find helpful to understand and manage your current spending habits.
Make paying essential bills, any mortgage and any other debts a priority. We’re here to help, go to our contact us page to find out who you can speak to. You can also get free support from the agencies listed on our ‘useful contacts’ section.
Things to think about
- Don’t ignore the problem
- Check your redundancy rights
- See what benefits you are entitled to
- Take time to plan a new budget
- Consider reviewing your mortgage and other debts if necessary
- Talk to us about your circumstances
- Consider your employment options and how can you get back into work
- Ask for help if you need it
Getting back to work
Although being made redundant can be a shock, you should act quickly to make sure you:
- Get back out into the job market as soon as possible and that you start receiving the benefits you’re entitled to
- Go for a New Jobseekers’ Interview at your local Job Centre
- Refresh your CV and look for work online, in newspapers and magazines, through employment agencies and through contacts you already have
- You can claim Jobseekers’ Allowance opens in new window if you’re unemployed and actively seeking work or working less than 16 hours per week.
Citizens Advice offer free confidential information and financial advice. Advice is offered in your local centre, by phone or online. For further details go to https://www.citizensadvice.org.uk or call 0800 028 1881
StepChange Debt Charity
StepChange offer free impartial debt advice. For further information visit http://www.stepchange.org or call 0800 138 1111 (Mon-Fri 8am-8pm, Sat 9am-4pm)
Department for Work and Pensions
The Department for Work and Pensions is responsible for welfare and pensions. Information can be found at: www.dwp.gov.uk
Money Advice Service
Money Advice Service offer advice and guides to help improve your finances and provide tools and calculators to help you keep track and plan ahead. They can offer support in person, over the phone and online. Further details can be found at https://www.moneyadviceservice.org.uk or call 0800 138 7777
Government Benefit Helps
For help with all benefits that may be available to you visit https://www.gov.uk/browse/benefits
HMRC (Her Majesty's Customs and Excise)
Being made redundant may affect how much tax you need to pay. You should also check if you are owed a refund, as you might have paid too much tax while you were working. For further details go to www.hmrc.gov.uk