Redundancy just before stage 2
We've just been to training a few weeks ago and are due to start assessment, home study etc in January which we're looking forward to getting our teeth into.
My DH's company decided to choose this time of year for redundancies so he's unexpectedly out of a job. Happy Christmas from them!
We've not yet told our LA about the redundancy and I have two questions. It would be wonderful if anyone can give any advice on this:
(1) This isn't a big deal for us in that we're optimistic that he'll find a new job after the holidays with some garden-leave pay to tide him over in the meantime. However, should we tell the LA about this right away? We don't want to make it seem like a Big Deal by contacting them specially to make a grand announcement about it. On the other hand, we don't want them to think we were hiding some information and then to seem to spring it on them if it's likely that they will think that it IS a Big Deal! Should we phone or email to let them know, specifically, or do you think it's fine to just mention it when they are next in touch with us, if he's still not in a new post by then?
(2) Is it likely to be a Big Deal to the LA? Does anyone know if this is likely to mean that we can't start training/assessment until he's in full-time work? Our original plan was that I would be the primary carer. Maybe we'd have to show a willingness to re-think that, if he can't find anything to go on to?
Any views or experiences welcome.