Your Rights If Your Employer Is Insolvent

If your employer is ‘insolvent’ this means it can’t pay its debts. You have rights if this happens and can make a claim for money you’re owed.

What you can claim

The money will be paid to you by the government. It’s not guaranteed that you’ll get everything your employer owes you but you can claim for:

  • statutory notice pay
  • redundancy
  • up to 8 weeks’ wages, including a payment for a protective award if your employer has failed to consult collectively with staff
  • up to 6 weeks’ holiday pay
  • unpaid pension contributions – get in touch with the insolvency practitioner to claim this for you
  • a basic award for unfair dismissal

You can get up to £479 a week for each claim. For example, if you’ve claimed for redundancy and loss of notice you can get payments for both.

You can find more detailed information here

Starting the New Financial Year on the Right Foot

Robust financial management is vital so charities can protect themselves against financial difficulties or abuse, and meet the needs of their beneficiaries.

There’s no better time than the start of the new financial year to assess your charity’s financial situation and financial controls, to see how you can improve them. Doing this is key to making sure that your trustees are able to protect the charity’s assets and resources.

The Charity Commission has recently updated their Charity finances: trustee essentials (CC25) guidance to help trustees and charity staff get to grips with the basic areas of financial management. It also links to more detailed guidance on a number of areas.