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:
- Your local council, if you receive housing benefit or Council Tax reduction.
- The Tax Credit Office, if you receive tax credits.
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.
- Use the budgeting tools to review your household costs and maximise your income.
- The Money matters section covers topics including benefits and managing borrowing and credit agreements.
- There are local welfare assistance schemes available across the country to help you with any emergency household costs. What is covered will depends on the local authority, and not all councils have any funds for this purpose. You can find contact information about local welfare assistance schemes by using the postcode checker on the Child Poverty Action group website.
- If you are finding it difficult to find money to pay for food there are food banks across the country that typically provide a three day emergency food parcel. You can normally request a food parcel voucher from your council, local Citizens Advice Bureau or Children’s Centres.
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.