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Support for individuals

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The key information is:

We understand that these are uncertain times for many people, and so we have collected information here about options you may wish to consider if you have become recently unemployed:

Jobseekers Allowance

You can apply for Jobseekers Allowance (JSA) whilst you look for work, and payments are usually made every two weeks. A new style JSA is the type of allowance that most people who have become unemployed, as a result of COVID-19, are most likely to be eligible for. For full details click here

Also check if you’re eligible for Universal Credit. If you are, you could get Universal Credit at the same time or instead of ‘new style’ JSA.

Universal Credit

Universal Credit is a payment to help with your living costs. You may be able to get it if you’re on a low income or out of work and it is paid monthly.

Use this step-by-step guide to find out whether you are eligible and how to claim.

Be a Work Hero

Help to keep the country running by working in a critical industry such as logistics, food retail, agriculture and care. Jobs are being advertised across the Solent region.

For useful advice from jobcentreplus on applying for jobs, writing a CV and developing your skills, click here.

To set up an account and search for current job opportunities click here.

There is an urgent appeal for people to work on farms this season, as travel restrictions due to the Covid-19 pandemic is having a significant effect on the number of people able to travel to the UK to take up these roles. Please share this link widely to support the recruitment of seasonal farm workers.

National Careers Service

The National Careers Service is open to everyone, whether they are employed, unemployed, been recently made redundant, or furloughed. The can help with a range of things, from finding work, assessing your skills, finding training. Please get in touch and you will be directed to local providers. 

Solent Job Fuse

Jobs Fuse is a partnership between Solent LEP and the National Careers Service, and has been set up to help those whose jobs have been affected by coronavirus get back into employment. For further information, click here.

Those looking for workers

The Department for Work & Pensions allows you to advertise a job on their webpages; this service has replaced Universal Jobmatch. Create an account to advertise a job.