By Mr Bankruptcy
30th September 2020
Being made redundant is a situation many people may soon be facing. Suddenly losing your job throws all sorts of challenges and uncertainty in your path even when you think your life is in order. It’s even more difficult if you’re already in debt, when your debt can become unmanageable. The following steps can help you to take control of your financial situation from the start and prevent you from feeling overwhelmed.
Know your rights
Be sure you know your redundancy rights. Organisations such as ACAS and Citizens Advice (CAB) can provide you with information on redundancy to help you understand what you may be due.
You may also be entitled to benefits including Universal Credit. Start your applications as soon as you can because there will be a delay before you receive anything.
Check your insurance
Revisit your insurance policies to see whether you have income protection. It may be part of your mortgage deal or you may have a separate income protection insurance.
Assess your debts and outgoings
Going through debts and expenditure is going to feel daunting but having a clear understanding of your debts and expenditure will arm you for moving forward.
List your debts and understand which are priority debts to be paid first (take a look at my article Do you know how to prioritise debt? For more details). It may be tempting to use a redundancy lump sum to reduce your debts, but focus on those debts that need paying first and consider keeping some back for future bills while you secure a regular income.
If you have a debt management plan already in place, speak to the provider to see what can be done to adjust the plan to reflect your reduced income. Avoid using credit cards and unauthorised overdrafts to pay other debts because these are only short-term solutions.
Reset your budget
Review your budget to ensure your outgoings can be supported by your income. Look for opportunities to make cuts be reassessing what’s really essential and what isn’t.
Ask for help
With so many people under threat of losing their jobs because of the effect of Coronavirus, there’s been a move by banks and many businesses to support their customers. Talk to your creditors to see how they can help you. Whether it’s support with your wellbeing or advice on how to manage your debt, take action sooner rather than later and avoid the eight common mistakes to make when in debt.
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