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Support for residents following end of government furlough scheme

Published: 5 October 2021


Looking for a new job, or worried about your finances and bills?

Following the end of the government furlough scheme on Thursday 30 September, there is a range of local help and council support services available including:


The government is also offering working families 30 hours of free childcare per week, for parents of three and four year-olds, potentially saving families around £5,000 per year on childcare.

A detailed summary of all benefits support available to residents, including how to claim, is available here

Leader of Redbridge Council, Cllr Jas Athwal said:

“The government’s furlough scheme has now ended, and we understand that it’s a worrying time for a lot of people, especially as it also coincides with a government cut of £20 a week to Universal Credit. Both these measures could push more people into unemployment and reduce incomes even further. I want to reassure any resident affected that we are here to support them. Please don’t hesitate to contact our specialist teams.”

Deputy Leader Cllr Kam Rai added:

“Since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic we’ve seen a significant increase in the number of local people approaching us for help. We have led a series of successful campaigns supporting vulnerable residents to maximise their income, through identifying and helping them to access unclaimed benefits. We’re now proactively identifying and supporting residents living in privately rented homes, who may be affected by the end of furlough and the Universal Credit uplift, to offer support with discretionary payments and benefit maximisation. If you need help, support or advice, please visit”

The Work Redbridge service works with council suppliers and other employers in the borough to offer local jobs  and opportunities in a range of sectors including administration, construction, education, health and retail.

The service is providing a free series of workshops this autumn, run virtually using MS Teams, to help support residents get back into work, whatever their individual circumstance:


  • Online and telephone interviews - Wednesday 6 October at 10.00am-11.00am
  • In-depth CV Writing - Wednesday 20 October at 10.00am-11.00am
  • Introduction to LinkedIn - Wednesday 3 November at 10.00am-11.00am
  • Virtual interviews - Wednesday 17 November at 10.00am-11.00am
  • Using interview feedback to support future job interviews - Wednesday 15 December at 10.00am-11.00am


Book onto a session, get latest job vacancies and to sign up to the free Work Redbridge e-newsletter using the Work Redbridge website

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