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Redundancy - Sanctions after redundancy

Find out more about what you can do if you are facing redundancy and which benefits you may be able to claim.

Sanctions after redundancy

If you claim Jobseeker's Allowance or Universal Credit and the decision maker thinks that you left your previous job voluntarily or you were dismissed due to ‘misconduct’ they can apply a sanction. This means that you receive no benefit or a reduced payment for a period of time decided by the decision maker.

However, if you are made redundant or volunteer for redundancy during a redundancy situation at work, then you should not be sanctioned for this.

If you are offered another job by your employer as part of your redundancy and you decide not to take the job as it is not equivalent to the job you have been doing, then you should not be sanctioned for this. You may also try out a new job in this situation for up to four weeks without losing your redundancy rights if it does not work out for you.

If a sanction is imposed when you make a Jobseeker's Allowance or Universal Credit claim after being made redundant, or taking voluntary redundancy, you can appeal against the sanction decision. See our Challenging Department for Work and Pensions decisions guide for details of how to do this.

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