Redundancy and loss of wages
Loss of work or reduced hours
If you have lost your job or had your hours reduced then you can get advice on your benefit entitlements by calling the Advice Shop on 0131 200 2360
For those people who are facing redundancy, firms are still obliged to provide statutory and contractual payment to employees ‘let go’ through businesses cutting back on staff levels.
If you require further information or advice, Citizens Advice Edinburgh can be contacted on 0131 510 5510.
There is now a comprehensive service called Partnership Action for Continuing Employment (PACE) that provides online support and assistance for people facing the loss of their job. PACE also has a helpline – 0800 917 8000
Alternatively, the dispute resolution service ACAS helpline is 0808 100 1855.
If you have lost your job and not been given any compensation by your employer then you could pursue a claim for loss of notice through the Redundancy Payments Service The phone number is 0330 331 0020.
Self-employed and not earning enough
Support for the self-employed has been updated. See details at www.gov.uk.
Universal Credit may be an option if your self-employed income has dropped. More information can be found at Universal Credit webpage
Normally, if you’re self-employed and have low income levels, your Universal Credit payment may be calculated using an assumed level of earnings - a Minimum Income Floor. It’s based on what an employed person on minimum wage would expect to earn in similar circumstances. If you earn more than this, then your Universal Credit amount is based on your actual earnings.