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Redundancy searches soar as government support scaled back

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It’s three months since the coronavirus pandemic changed the lives of Brits and while furlough has been a common area of advice, redundancy concerns are on the rise.

People are increasingly concerned about the prospect of redundancy as lockdown is eased and the government gradually scales back financial support for workers and businesses.

Data from charity Citizens Advice reveals its furlough information page was the most visited on its website but now this has been overtaken by redundancy advice searches.

In the month to 10 April, the top search term was coronavirus and people were also looking for advice on flight and accommodation cancellations, sick pay and what to do if you can’t pay your bills.

In May, Brits were searching information on furlough, self-employment, benefits and Universal Credit.

Now, one of the most common searches is redundancy.  Brits are also searching details of ending a tenancy and divorce.

In total, since Covid-19 was declared a global pandemic in March, the charity’s advice pages have been viewed more than 15.8 million times, a 24% increase on the same period last year.

Citizens Advice added that it expects to see more people searching for information on struggling to pay bills as well as sick pay and benefits as the government interventions wind down.

Gillian Guy, chief executive of Citizens Advice, said: “People are going to feel worried and stressed as the effects of coronavirus continue to be felt in the weeks, months and even years ahead.

“Our data gives an early warning of the different challenges coming down the road as people navigate the economic consequences of Covid-19.

“As more and more companies lay off staff, we’ve seen people searching for advice on redundancy ramp up over the last month.

“With lockdown measures continuing to ease and protections on jobs and bills starting to be scaled back, it’s vital government listens to these worries and adapts their policies accordingly.”

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