Out of work or losing your job

If you’ve lost your job, you might be worried about how you’ll cope financially and may find yourself falling into debt.

The good news is, you’re not alone…help is at hand. 

What to do if you’ve lost your job – getting benefits

If you have lost your job, contact your local Jobcentre Plus or Jobs and Benefits Office straight away to let them know you’re now out of work. They will explain what benefits you can get and help you with your claims. You can visit them in person and talk to someone face to face, or make a claim for Universal Credit online or over the phone.  

Make sure you have the following information to hand to help you make your claim:

  • National Insurance number

  • Previous employer details

  • Information about your education

  • Information about your income or savings

  • If you have a partner, you’ll also need to provide their details

Log onto www.gov.uk where you’ll find helpful links to benefit calculators and up to date information about what benefits you may claim. 

Knightstone can help you too – managing finances and moving on

If you’re a Knightstone resident and you’re facing redundancy, our Individual Empowerment Team can help you plan. They can also offer help and advice if you’re struggling with paying your debts or managing your money. Click here for more info!

Our Into Work Team can connect our residents with training, volunteering, apprenticeships or job opportunities. They can help with:

  • Building your CV

  • Preparing for interviews

  • Taster work placements

  • Ongoing support when you find a job

  • Setting up your own business

  • Finding more advice on benefits, debt management, housing, health and childcare

What do residents say about our service?

‘Thanks for your enthusiastic advice, it helped give me a lift, your practical can do attitude is contagious.’

‘I hope the Into Work Programme thrives and continues to make positive differences to people like me who want to work and just need a little help.’

‘I don't think you have any idea how much your positive outlook helps, it gives me hope and makes me all the more determined to see the positive in this.’

Click here for more information about our Into Work Team.