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.