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If you are at risk of redundancy or have recently lost a job, it's important to understand your rights and how to access support that can help you get back to work as soon as possible.

Unfortunately, being made redundant from a job affects many people through their working lives. The loss of income and of confidence can have serious effects on individuals and their families.

Your rights: redundancy and dismissal

For advice on redundancy or dismissal and your rights see:

Managing your finances if you are out of work

The Money Advice Service website provides a checklist to help keep on top of your household finances until you find work again.

You can also find information about benefits, budgeting and reducing household costs in the Money matters section of this website.

If you were already receiving benefits payments before losing your job, make sure you notify the Department of Work and Pensions so that benefits payments can be recalculated to reflect your circumstances. You must also notify the following if applicable:

You can make a claim for Job Seekers Allowance whilst you are looking for new work. Depending on where you live, you may be required to make your claim through the Universal Credit process.

Looking after yourself and your family

The pressures of supporting yourself or your family on a reduced income can be stressful. However, there is a range of support to help you plan and to meet essential costs if you are struggling.

If you need help with benefits applications and reviewing your household finances, get in touch and an Orbit adviser will get back to you.

Getting back into work

Orbit offers dedicated employment support to help you find work or increase your working hours. Our employment and skills coaches can provide advice, connect you with training opportunities and offer encouragement to improve your chances of getting a job. Get in touch if you'd like a local employment and skills coach to contact you.

Other support to help you get back to work is available from Orbit:

  • Orbit runs free courses to help build confidence and motivation. Find out more from the GOALS page.
  • If you need help getting online or improving your computer skills, see the Get online section.
  • You employment and skills coach can help you apply for grants to help with essential costs relating to getting back into work.
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