Cherwell District Council - Survival Guide

A survival guide for local people worried about losing their jobs has been put together by Cherwell Council. The Council’s latest initiative to help local people is to publish a special guide for anyone being made redundant or worried about facing redundancy in the year ahead.  It includes a vital checklist for the last day at work, along with advice about paying bills, getting benefits and finding a new job.  There is also a section about self-employment.

The new leaflet is called ‘Worried about facing redundancy?’ and can be obtained from Cherwell Council offices in Banbury, Bicester and Kidlington.  A pdf file of the leaflet is attached to this article.

Although the area has so far avoided the worst of the looming recession, prospects for 2009 are looking increasingly challenging, according to Cherwell's economic portfolio holder Cllr. Norman Bolster. In north Oxfordshire we do have a strong and diverse economy, but there is no room for complacency, he says. We have already been affected by national issues, such as the closure of Woolworths in Banbury and Bicester, and we can see more specific local industries, such as performance motorsport, under increasing pressure. It looks like many people will be facing critical decisions about their future, and we will offer support where we can.

Cherwell has already stepped up its housing and council tax benefits system to cope with an expected 30 per cent increase in claimants.  It has also introduced more flexible billing and speeded up payments to ease cash flow problems for small local businesses.

Over the years we have encouraged a wide variety of employers into the district and this policy is now helping with long-term stability, comments Cllr. Bolster, who is Cherwell’s portfolio holder for economic development and estates. Cherwell can still be a district of opportunity.  In the short term, however, there will be worrying times ahead for some people and, where the District Council is not able to take direct action, we are working closely with partner agencies to provide an economic safety net and to point people in the direction of useful help and advice, he says.

His department publishes information for businesses, encourages investment, hosts an enterprise support service and works closely with chambers and business groups to assist businesses directly.