Help and advice if you have lost your job

This is a difficult time for many and unfortunately some people will have lost their jobs due to the Coronavirus. If you, a friend or family member have lost your job I have provided information and links below which you may find helpful.

If you have lost your job after the 19th of March

Your employer might be able to voluntarily re-employ you and put you on temporary leave instead. This is known as being ‘on furlough’.

Your employer could get a grant using the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme to help them pay for some of your wages. Check if your employer can use it. Open up discussion with your ex-employer.

Looking for other work

Though the Coronavirus has affected many businesses, employers are still hiring. Find full or part-time jobs in England, Scotland and Wales using the Find a job service.  There is a massive call out for new workers, in all sorts of jobs, all as part of the National effort, these are paid jobs.

Financial support

Apply online for Universal Credit to get financial support if you’ve lost your job.

You might also be able to:

·       apply for ‘new style’ Employment and Support Allowance, if you have a disability or health condition that affects how much you can work

·       apply online for ‘new style’ Jobseeker’s Allowance

You do not need to go into a Jobcentre Plus office to apply or get a payment.

Processing your application

Because of the coronavirus, it might take longer than usual to process your application and answer questions about it. We apologise for these delays – we know this is a difficult time.

Advance payments

If you do not have enough money to live on while you wait for your first Universal Credit payment you can ask for an advance payment.