Surviving the recession - people

Support is available for Wirral residents needing practical advice on how to deal with the recession. The information on these pages form part of Wirral’s Economic Recovery Plan which sets out a number of initiatives for helping local people and businesses to survive the recession, as well as identifying the actions needed to move Wirral’s economy forward as recovery begins.       

Help for individuals

Dealing with Redundancy

Whatever your personal circumstances, unemployment can be an anxious, uncertain time, particularly for those who have always been in a job. Apart from considerations of how to make ends meet, you will face a range of issues including working out what benefits, if any, you are entitled to, how to start your job search, and whether you should pursue your former career or retrain for something new.

Job Centre Plus can offer help and advice about benefits, including Job Seekers Allowance, and job search. To claim benefits you must first register with them by phoning 0800 0 55 66 88 and booking an appointment with an advisor. 

You will be asked about your employment history and the types of work you're seeking. If appropriate, you can also pick up claim forms for income support or housing benefit. 

The DirectGov website has valuable information about coping with redundancy.

Looking for a Job

Job Centre Plus offer help and advice on job search and vacancies. The Jobcentre Plus Job Kit gives you step by step advice on finding a new job - including planning your job hunt, identifying your skills and tips on completing applications and going to interviews. Download the Jobcentre Plus Job Kit (PDF)

Finding your first job

Looking for your first job is a big step, especially in the current economic climate. There are lots of opportunities for those leaving school, college and university, but positions will be in demand - so it's vital to get good advice and to follow up on all options available. For detailed advice and support, go to the DirectGov website

The local Connexions service offers advice, guidance and information to young people on careers and employment. Visit DirectGov for more information.

Skills and Training

There are a number of organisations that can provide advice and support if you need training or help in gaining new skills. For a wide range of information on courses and training, go to the Direct Gov website.


Wirral Council is involved in a number of initiatives to support apprenticeship places with employers across the Borough. For more information go to Apprenticeships.

Financial and Debt Advice

For practical advice on managing your finances, see Wirral’s Advice and Benefits section.

You may also be entitled to other benefits. For further information visit the government’s DirectGov website. This gives advice and guidance on a whole range of topics, including benefits and allowances.

For a wide range of advice and information, including how to manage debt or financial difficulties, contact Wirral Citizens' Advice Bureau (CAB) 

Advice on how to manage health and family issues can be found at our Social Care and Health pages.

The Wirral Travel Solutions Team provide free bespoke advice and information on travel from and within the East Wirral area, to help people who are entering employment.