Being made redundant is difficult and it can be hard to cope. Here you will find information to help you understand your rights and get support to help you turn the situation around to become an opportunity.

Somerset Response to Redundancy Framework
This framework has been developed in consultation with key partners with the aim of ensuring there is a coordinated response when redundancy announcements are made in Somerset. 
Download the R2R Framework document for more information and guidance


Download our Redundancy Guides for more information and guidance


Individual Redundancy Support

Advice about your rights if you are at risk of or have been made redundant.  Redundancy : Details about your rights.

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

DWP Rapid Response service can be used during the notice period and for up to 13 weeks after redundancy and provides access to Job Centre Plus before employees are made redundant.
Taunton Job Centre Plus: 0845 604 3719
Minehead Job Centre Plus: 0345 604 3719

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.

Redundancy pay calculator Calculate how much statutory redundancy you can get. It’s based on age, weekly pay and number of years in the job.

Money Saving Expert  Redundancy advice from Money Saving Expert.


Further Information
For information and links to popular job search sites visit the Employment Page

For details on the types of jobs available in Somerset and what skills you might need visit the Employment Page

For access to support on completing applications, CV writing and attending job interviews Visit the skills page

For debt management advice visit the support page


Redundancy support for apprentices
The Redundancy Support Service is available to apprentices who have been made redundant.
You can call 0800 015 0400 to get free advice or visit the website for more information 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

For advice and information on starting your own business visit the employment page

Fostering in Somerset (part of Somerset Council) are looking for resilient and caring individuals, couples and families to join their valued community of foster carers. 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.

Skills Support for Redundancy (SSR) is an initiative which provides funded training to individuals that have been made redundant within the last three months.

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.

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