Your local job centre specialises in helping people who are facing redundancy or have been made redundant. They can help you find a new job and may even pay for training. The service is available to you if you suspect you’re going to be made redundant, during your notice period, and for up to 13 weeks after you’ve been made redundant.

Some key things to consider when facing redundancy:

  • Redundancy is usually a type of dismissal when a role is no longer needed. Your employer should only consider making redundancies if part, or all, of the organisation is closing, or has already closed, changing the types or number of roles needed to do certain work, or changing location. If you’re dismissed for another reason, for example because of your performance or conduct, it’s not redundancy. In this case, your employer must have followed a disciplinary or capability procedure before dismissing you
  • If you're an employee affected by redundancies, by law your employer must consult you. This is even if you're not at risk of redundancy yourself
  • If you think you were selected unfairly or there was a problem in the redundancy process, your employer should offer you the chance to appeal
  • If you’re an employee and you’ve worked for your employer for 2 years, you have the right to redundancy pay
  • Your employer may pay for you to speak to a professional adviser about your CV, as part of your redundancy package, or put you in touch with an organisation who can offer support
  • Ask your employer for a written reference, as you can send this with your job applications
  • When you receive your final pay, check you have got all the money you’re entitled to including redundancy pay, last wages, holiday pay etc. Contact your nearest Citizens Advice if there’s a problem with your final pay
  • If you are facing redundancy or have been made redundant, you might be entitled to some help finding a new job and be able to claim benefits. Use the Citizens Advice benefits checker to see what benefits you may be entitled to. You may be able to get help with your rent and for information about help with your mortgage costs use their Debt and money information.
  • You should get advice about any debts you have - read about how to get Help with debt