Surge in call for redundancy guidance from Citizens Advice

Charity reports 125 per cent increase in the number of people seeking help

Citizens Advice bureaux have seen a 125 per cent increase in the number of people asking for advice about redundancy.

In the past seven months, the  number of enquiries about redundancy across all local CABs has risen from an average of 189 per day in April to 425 per day in November.

Citizens Advice, the umbrella body for local bureaux has also reported that the number of people looking for guidance on Job Seekers' Allowance has risen by 66 per cent in the same period.

During the financial year 2007/08, the number of enquiries from people seeking advice on applying for jobs rose by 76 per cent.

A quarter of UK employers have drawn up plans to make redundancies in 2009, according to research published in October by the Chartered Institute of Personnel Development and KPMG.

Citizens Advice has updated its online guidance on redundancy, which includes information on when employers can make people redundant, the procedures they must follow, how to calculate redundancy pay entitlement, what to do if employers don't pay up and claiming benefits and managing debts.

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