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Redundancy: Coronavirus

Question for Department for Work and Pensions

UIN 21830, tabled on 24 June 2021

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment her Department has made of the adequacy of the support available to people who have been made redundant as a result of the covid-19 outbreak.

Answered on

29 June 2021

The Rapid Response Service (RRS) is all about working in partnerships to address the effects of job losses on individuals and on the local community. Our aim is to work with employers to deliver flexible, timely, and appropriate support for them and their employees and help individuals secure a job or move into self-employment quickly and ideally without the need to claim welfare benefits.

RRS is available to private and public employers. Third sector employers are also eligible where the job losses affect paid workers. RRS support can start when people are under threat of redundancy or during the period of notice.

Where individuals have not found alternative work before they lose their job, RRS support can continue for a further 13 weeks whether they make a claim for benefits or not.

This is in addition to the ongoing support provided by DWP for claimants moving them forward in their journey closer to/back into employment.

We continually review this support to ensure it meets the needs of those people who access this type of support.