Not offered redundancy (I think wrongly), resigned

Hi everyone
I've been employed for more than 2 years on a fixed term contract. 
My contract was due to end 31/03/2021 but was extended for 2 months to 31/05/2021 with a view to extending it more long term pending finance approval. In that time, I was worried about the contract not getting extended again so I looked for another job (and got offered it) but I was holding out until I'd heard back from my current employer about extending so I hadn't accepted it or resigned. They said they couldn't extend the same role but mentioned another role that would be suitable and that I'd need to go through the application process for it, be interviewed etc. I said no to this role, I think I should have been offered voluntary redundancy at this point. I wasn't offered it and I resigned that day, I'm in my notice period which is due to expire 26th May (a few days before my actual contract end date 31/05).  
I have a few questions and any other advice on this matter would be really appreciated.
Should I have been offered the VR?
Can I still request the VR? 
Would I need to stay employed until 31/05?

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  • getmore4lessgetmore4less Forumite
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    if it was  potential suitable alternative they should offer it or go through any selection process if multiple people available,  and once you know the details can  decide if it really is a suitable alternative (accept or reject)  but point out that if there is no suitable alternative or extension of the existing you will be redundant.

    rather than wait you resigned,  there was no need to resign because any contract with an end date automatically finishes.
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    edited 2 April 2021 at 12:45PM
    You've resigned. Whatever your employer may have or have not done is now irrelevant. Time to move on. 
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    There is no obligation for any employer to offer "voluntary redundancy". It is usually offered when an organisation needs to lose staff and is trying to avoid compulsory redundancy.  
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  • You were on a fixed term contract. That means they had no reason to offer redundancy. Even with the extension, it was an extension of a fixed term contract. Same situation.

    They invited you to apply for a different role. You declined, and resigned from your fixed term contract.

    As I see it, I'm sorry, but the employer had no reason to offer redundancy. There's nothing to stop you asking for it, in much the same way as there's nothing to stop me from asking my boss for a chunk of money they don't owe me. The worst that can happen is they laugh and say no.
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    You were on a fixed term contract. That means they had no reason to offer redundancy. Even with the extension, it was an extension of a fixed term contract. Same situation.

    They invited you to apply for a different role. You declined, and resigned from your fixed term contract.

    As I see it, I'm sorry, but the employer had no reason to offer redundancy. There's nothing to stop you asking for it, in much the same way as there's nothing to stop me from asking my boss for a chunk of money they don't owe me. The worst that can happen is they laugh and say no.
    Failing to renew a fixed term contract is a redundancy.

    With 2y service that comes with obligations to go through redundancy procedures and pay statutory redundancy.

    The employer had offered one potential alternative and at least 2 months to find others they have no obligation to  tell employees the law they can just wait till nearer the time as there may be suitable alternatives or even the current job might be need a lot can change.

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    edited 3 April 2021 at 9:11AM
    flava876 said:
    Hi everyone
    I've been employed for more than 2 years on a fixed term contract. 
    My contract was due to end 31/03/2021 but was extended for 2 months to 31/05/2021 with a view to extending it more long term pending finance approval. In that time, I was worried about the contract not getting extended again so I looked for another job (and got offered it) but I was holding out until I'd heard back from my current employer about extending so I hadn't accepted it or resigned. They said they couldn't extend the same role but mentioned another role that would be suitable and that I'd need to go through the application process for it, be interviewed etc. I said no to this role, I think I should have been offered voluntary redundancy at this point. I wasn't offered it and I resigned that day, I'm in my notice period which is due to expire 26th May (a few days before my actual contract end date 31/05).  
    I have a few questions and any other advice on this matter would be really appreciated.
    Should I have been offered the VR?
    Can I still request the VR? 
    Would I need to stay employed until 31/05?
    We all make mistakes. Move on.
    The world is not ruined by the wickedness of the wicked, but by the weakness of the good. Napoleon
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