As soon as you stop working, it’s a good idea to find out if you're entitled to any extra support.
If you've paid enough qualifying National Insurance Contributions and are looking for new work you may be able to claim new-style Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA).
You can apply for new-style JSA regardless of how much your household income and savings are and it's paid for up to six months.
If your household income is still very low (or you don't qualify for new-style JSA), you might be able to claim Universal Credit to help with essential living costs and other expenses, such as your rent or bringing up children.
If you're already claiming means-tested benefits, such as tax credits or Housing Benefit, losing your job may mean that you have to apply for Universal Credit instead.
What you’ll get will depend on your household income and your savings – including your redundancy package.
- To find out what you might be entitled to use our Benefits Calculator. On the results page there will be links for how you can apply online.
- If you can't claim benefits you’re entitled to online, call or visit your local Jobcentre Plus. Find the one nearest to you on the DWP website
- If you live in Northern Ireland, contact your local Jobs and Benefits Office. Find the one closest to you on the nidirect website