Re: Voluntary Redundancy - Job Seekers Allowance?
This question doesnt really get a yes or no answer....it all depends on a few things.
Your advisor would look at a few things:
1. If you didnt accept redundancy under voluntary terms would it then have become compulsory redundancy?
2. Were the redundancies due to your employer moving the premises you work at to another part of the country that would be impossible to commute to?
3. Would you still have a job if you hadnt of accepted the redundancy?
Some advisors refer all of the claims that go through them to the decision maker for LV (leaving voluntarily) decisions and some advisors use a bit of discretion.
If the advisor refers your claim to the decision maker what happens is they send a form to your previous employer and one to you, you both answer the questions as to why and how the employment ended and the decision maker then decides if you have purposefully made yourself jobless. Again they use some discretion and it helps if you and your employer says the same thing.
It is always worth putting your claim in because this decision is not usually made until all the information is in which can take weeks. You will be paid (if you qualify) jobseekers allowance until the decision is made. If the decision maker finds in your favour then nothing changes. If you disagree with the decision you can always appeal against it providing further relevant evidence to back your argument.
If you do put your claim in and they stop your money after a couple of weeks you still get a couple of weeks of benefit that you wouldnt get if you didnt claim and also even when your money is stopped you can still get support from the jobcentre to find work or attend training courses if you want to retrain or try something different.
Hope that helps
Advice given is my opinion only, I am not a legal or financial expert (far from it).