There is lots of free advice and guidance available to help individuals and businesses navigate through the redundancy process. Find information below to help you understand your rights and get support.
Individual Redundancy Support
Government Redundancy Website - If you are being made redundant, more information on your rights including redundancy pay and time off to find a new job can be found here
Calculate your statutory redundancy pay - This is based on age, weekly pay and number of years in the job. CALCULATOR
DWP Rapid Response Service can be used during the notice period and up to 13 weeks after redundancy and provides access to Job Centre Plus
Taunton Job Centre Plus: 0300 0793266
Minehead Job Centre Plus: 0300 046 4722
Bridgwater Job Centre Plus: 0300 079 5776
Frome Job Centre Plus: 0300 043 9014
Yeovil Job Centre Plus: 0300 0820812
Wells Job Centre: 0300 079 8155
ACAS The Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service (ACAS) gives employees and employers free, impartial advice on workplace rights, rules and best practice. Helpline: 0300 123 1100
Citizen Advice Useful guide on steps to take for someone being made redundant including entitlements to search for work and money, claiming benefits, advice on debt and making a career change.
Claiming Benefits Information on claiming benefits such as Job Seekers Allowance or Universal Credit.
Money Saving Expert Redundancy advice from Money Saving Expert.
Download Individual Redundancy Guides
- Visit the Employment page for information and links to popular job search sites and details on the types of jobs available in Somerset and the skills you might need.
- For support on applications, CV writing and job interviews visit the Skills page
- For financial support and advice visit the debt management page
Redundancy support for apprentices
Free advice is available for apprentices who have been made redundant. Call 0800 015 0400 or click here
Being made redundant can be very stressful, but it can also offer new opportunities, like the chance to retrain or work for yourself.
- For details on training and upskilling visit the training page
- If you are looking to start a new venture visit the starting your own business page
- Fostering in Somerset are looking for resilient and caring individuals, couples and families. For more information visit the Employment page
Business Redundancy Support
If you are considering, or have decided to make, redundancies across your workforce there are a number of organisations who can provide free support to your business and your workforce - including the Somerset Council Economic Development team who work closely with partners to ensure you and your employees have the best possible support during this difficult time.
Acas The Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service (ACAS) offer free, impartial advice on workplace rights, rules and best practice. Call the Helpline 0300 123 1100 or visit the website.
DWP Rapid Response Service The Rapid Response Service provides support to businesses who are at risk of making redundancies and provides a tailored package of support through their partners at no cost to the business.
GOV.UK Find clear advice about procedures you need to follow when making redundancies and what rights your employees have on GOV.UK.
Somerset Redundancy Framework
Has been developed in consultation with key partners to ensure there is a coordinated response when redundancy announcements are made in Somerset.