Redundancy and benefits

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Overview of redundancy and benefits

Some benefits are means tested. This means that for some benefits, the government will look at how much money you have coming in or as savings before deciding whether you are entitled. Your redundancy lump sum will count as savings and could reduce the amount of benefit you are entitled to.


Voluntary Redundancy

Voluntary redundancy does not affect your entitlement to benefits. Even if you chose voluntary redundancy, it is still a dismissal in law and so there should not be a barrier to you claiming JSA.  Knowing this, it is a good idea not to state that your redundancy was “voluntary” since this may cause confusion.


Resources Available

Employee Representative Guide for non-union workplaces

How to Write a Grievance That Gets You What You Want

How to write a Grievance about discrimination at work

How to Write a Grievance About Changes to Your Employment Contract

Schedule of Loss Spreadsheet for unfair dismissal

Schedule of loss spreadsheet – Discrimination

How to prepare a schedule of loss for unfair dismissal



Alternative employment

Your employer must offer you alternative employment if this is available. If you reject the offer of alternative employment because it is unsuitable, this should not affect your entitlement to benefits.

You are entitled to a minimum four week trial period of the alternative employment. If you leave during the trial period, you will still be considered redundant, and therefore entitled to benefits.

If you refuse alternative employment which your employer considers suitable, you may lose your entitlement to redundancy pay and benefits. In such a situation you can make a claim to the Employment Tribunal. If you produce evidence to the Job Center that the matter is being decided by the Employment Tribunal, this should reinstate your entitlement to benefits whilst your case is pending in the Employment Tribunal.


Best of the web

Citizens Advice: Your situation after redundancy

The Money Saving Expert: Redundancy Checklist

Moneywise:  Redundancy; What state help is available?

Turn2us: Redundancy and benefits



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Case Study

Westlake v ZSL London Zoo (2015) An employment tribunal ruled that a London Zoo meerkat handler who got into a Christmas party fight with a monkey specialist over their love rivalry for a llama keeper was unfairly dismissed, however she received nothing in compensation.  The employment tribunal said that two zookeepers who got into a fight at London Zoo’s Christmas party should have received the same disciplinary sanction. At London Zoo’s Christmas party, zookeeper Ms Westlake got into a fight with a colleague, Ms Sanders. The fight appeared to originate over another zookeeper Mr Davies, Sanders’ former boyfriend who was... Read More
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