How do I eradicate debt, accumulated as a result of job loss?
How do I eradicate debt, accumulated as a result of job loss? Debt is something that impact thousands of people across South African, impacting their households and daily lives due to factors like losing a job suddenly.
When someone loses their job while repaying debts, it is vital that you consider the following factors:
A redundancy package
When you lose your job, a redundancy or severance package should be given to you. However, this usually depends on how long you have been at the company. It is highly important that you find out how much you will be given and when you will be able to collect the money.
Notify your credit providers
As soon as you lose your source of income, it is suggested that you notify your credit providers right away. For many credit agreements, you are charged an additional fee for Credit Life Insurance. Credit Life Insurance will cover you in the event of death, redundancy and disability – used to pay off your debts for a certain period of time. If the credit provider refuses to pay out, ask them to provide it to you in writing.
Submit an application to the Unemployment Insurance Fund
This will ensure that you are paid a portion of your salary for up to six months. This will give you some time to find another means of income.
Draw up a new budget
Create a new budget and determine what your expenses are and where you can cut costs or entirely eliminate costs. This will allow you to stretch your money so that it lasts for a longer period of time.
If you have a pension, you are allowed to take this out after redundancy. Make sure that you seek professional help from a reputable and certified financial planner, in order to familiarise yourself with the risks surrounding this decision. It is not advised that you take money out of your pension fund before you retire, however sometimes it can be okay to take out a small portion of money if you are desperate.
Due to the fact that you may only have one income in your household, it is not uncommon for debts to start piling up when you lose your job suddenly. Debt counselling is a viable option for your financial situation considering you need to find a way to take back control. For the best debt advice around, give the National Debt Advisors a call, or submit your details and a consultant will call you back.