Before you start looking into claiming benefits, check your employment contract. Your contract should give you details of any redundancy payments that you may be entitled to.
The benefits you can claim depend on where you live and your circumstances. You may be able to claim either Universal Credit or Jobseekers Allowance. There may be other benefits that you could claim such as Council Tax Reduction.
Use the benefits calculators on GOV.UK to find out what benefits you could claim.
To claim benefits, you will need to apply online at GOV.UK.
After making a claim
Depending on which benefit you claim, you may have to attend an interview at your local Jobcentre Plus within several days of making that claim. You'll be told after you apply for benefits if you need to attend an interview.
When you attend the interview, you will be assigned a work coach who will be able to tell you when you can expect your first payment.
If you claim Universal Credit, it can take up to 6 weeks for your claim to be assessed and your first payment to arrive. You could apply for an advance if you need help with your living costs while waiting for your first payment.
Your work coach will also advise you on:
- - what you can do to find a new job, such as registering with a recruitment agency, or regularly checking online jobs boards for suitable vacancies
- - other organisations who could offer you additional resources and support.
If you're already claiming benefits such as Universal Credit, make sure that you tell Jobcentre Plus immediately that your circumstances have changed. If you don't do this, your benefit payments may be affected.
Find your nearest Jobcentre Plus.