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I suspect his manager later talked to someone with experience in employment law and realised that he had started this off incorrectly in terms of procedure. You cannot make someone redundant where there is still work available, and the offer of full-time work indicates that this is the position. I don't think it is a bad request for feedback, but I would not call it verbal notice of redundancy either. Either way he may want to look at working somewhere else if that is an option because of the poor handling of this matter.
Redundancy could be an option if he has a redundancy clause in his contract providing for payment, although those are not common anymore. But if he is unable to work more than part-time, and they wanted to expand the role as you describe, then his role may well be redundant. If he wants to become redundant he should perhaps return to work and open a discussion about this stop
It is often possible to negotiate an exit package. This can often come with 2 to 3 months of salary plus of course any outstanding holiday pay. But unless there is a specific reference to redundancy payments, there is normally no right to claim anything extra. But you can sometimes negotiate a payment for the distress caused by the poor handling, although it is not usually a large amount, perhaps $500 or $1000. I have posted my phone if you need to call
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