A job vacancy in Tameside.

Tameside Council

CUSTOMER CARE AND ADVOCACY

WELFARE RIGHTS OFFICER

36 hours per week

Grade G point 29 £25,951 to point 23 £28,485

Fixed term contract for 12 months to cover a specific project.

Located at Clarence Arcade, Stamford Street, Ashton-under-Lyne OL6 7LT

An opportunity has arisen for an experienced Welfare Rights Officer to join a wider team of both benefits and debt advisers in supporting Tameside residents with a diagnosis of cancer.

You will use your expertise and knowledge in welfare rights advice work to advise residents on their entitlement to welfare benefits and tax credits. You will assist with claims for benefits and provide representation at welfare benefit appeals.

Partnership working with Macmillan and the clinical nurse specialist teams is essential to the success of this post.

For more information or for an informal discussion please contact Janine Yates on 0161 342 3494.

This role is a designated customer facing role under the fluency duty and requires a specified level of spoken English in the person specification.

Ref: ADV576.

Closing date: Monday the 30th of August 2017.
Interviews: Monday the 18th of September 2017.
A permanent link to this job advert can be found within our current job vacancies page and will subsequently remain available in our archive.

ANOTHER new job vacancy on GMWRAG.

GMWRAG has barely drawn breath from our visit to Stockport on Friday when we’ve been asked to post details of yet another job vacancy. Details will be posted on our job vacancies page until the expiry of the closing date (please note that it’s not a midnight one!) and thereafter you’ll be able to find details within our archive.

Advice Service Manager 

Salary: £15,570 per annum

Hours: 21.75 hours (3 days)

Pension: 6%

Citizens Advice SalfordCitizens Advice Salford are looking for a dynamic individual to join our team of Advice Service Managers.

The role primarily involves supervising advice sessions whilst maintaining quality of advice.

We have a number of bureaux across the City of Salford and also offer advice in a number of outreach environments. We deliver advice via face to face, email and telephone and are proud of our history of maintaining high quality services.

We also have a number of specialist projects which support our high street bureaux.

You must have at least one year’s recent experience of supervising generalist advice sessions within an advice agency.

You will need to be comfortable working with a wide range of people and be prepared to go the extra mile for those most in need of our assistance.

Closing date: the 5th of  July 2017 at 9:00am

Interview dates: the 11th and 12th of July 2017

Salford Citizens Advice Bureaux are working to achieve equal opportunities.

The person specification and job description are available for download here.

For applications please email Maria on cwu1@salfordcab.cabnet.org.uk

Job vacancy in Rochdale.

It’s been a while since GMWRAG has had cause to think of Rochdale and welfare rights advice in the same sentence so we’re pleased to be able to advertise the following vacancy.

The Bond Board logoWelfare Rights Worker – The Bond Board Ltd, Rochdale

We have funding to deliver additional services to work with people who have experienced homelessness and are now living in the private rented sector in Rochdale.

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a:

Welfare Rights Worker, 37hrs, £24,964 per annum

  • The successful candidate will set up and solely deliver a comprehensive Welfare Rights Service for socially excluded homeless and Private Rented Sector tenants.

We are seeking individuals who have determination and are passionate about improving the lives of people affected by homelessness.

In return we can offer you:

  • 27 days annual leave which increases over time (pro-rata for part time staff), plus paid bank holidays,
  • family friendly policies and
  • flexible working hours. We pride ourselves in being an innovative organisation, where every team member is valued and has the ability to influence the development of our services.

“I enjoy being trusted to manage my own workload, being involved in developing the service and the support and opportunities there are to develop my career,” Bond Board Employee, 2016.

Application forms and full details are available to download from our web-site:

www.thebondboard.org.uk/about-us/vacancies/

The closing date for completed application forms is Friday 7th July 2017 at 3pm.

The Bond Board is an Equal Opportunities employer and we welcome applications from the whole community.

Registered Charity Number: 1040176

These details can of course be found permanently within our job vacancies pages.

New Salford job vacancies on GMWRAG.

GMWRAG is pleased to announce the first of a number job vacancies we will be posting this week. First up a couple of vacancies from Salford City Councils Welfare Rights and Debt Advice Service. Unusually the emphasis is on debt advice.

Details of the posts are on our job vacancies pages and are already up on Rightsnet and Greater Jobs and details of how to apply are on both sites and below. In the meantime, anyone wanting to know more about the posts can email Steve Quinn or ring him on 0161 793 3295.

Salford City Council logo

 

 

HEALTH and SOCIAL CARE

Welfare Rights & Debt Advice Service

DEBT ADVISER (Early Help)

Scale: 3B £25,694 – £28,203

Ref: 50163553

This post is primarily to provide debt advice, benefits advice, budgeting advice to vulnerable families identified by Children’s Services.

The job involves providing accessible and high quality debt advice to people in the City focusing on vulnerable families as part of an integrated ‘early help’ offer to families in Salford. This would include undertaking individual case-work, income maximisation and outlining potential strategies for dealing with clients’ debts, and preparing cases for court where necessary. Keeping abreast of developments in credit and debt recovery case law will be important and the post will also involve providing training and acting as a consultant to front-line staff.

You should have proven experience and expertise in debt advice for at least two years. Being able to act as an advocate on behalf of claimants is essential. You should be able to work on your own as well as part of a team, and be committed to the promotion of anti-poverty & social inclusion work.

The post carries an entitlement to a casual car user’s allowance.

Closing date: Friday 23rd June 2017  

You can apply via Greater Jobs.

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Salford City Council logo

 

 

HEALTH and SOCIAL CARE

Welfare Rights & Debt Advice Service

DEBT ADVISER (Tenancy Sustainment)

Temporary – 12 months

Scale: 3B £25,694 – £28,203

Ref: 50161459

This post is primarily to provide debt advice, benefits advice, budgeting advice to those affected by the ‘Benefit Cap’.

The job involves providing accessible and high quality debt advice to people in the City focusing on those affected by the ‘Benefit Cap’ who are tenants of social landlords. This would include undertaking individual case-work, income maximisation and offering practical assistance in retaining accommodation eg. applying for Discretionary Housing Payments and preparing cases for court where necessary. Keeping abreast of developments in credit and debt recovery case law will be important and the post will also involve providing training and acting as a consultant to front-line staff.

You should have proven experience and expertise in debt advice for at least two years. Being able to act as an advocate on behalf of claimants is essential. You should be able to work on your own as well as part of a team, and be committed to the promotion of anti-poverty & social inclusion work.

The post carries an entitlement to a casual car user’s allowance.

Closing date: Friday 23rd June 2017  

You can apply via Greater Jobs.

Equality and Welfare Reform Transformation Project job vacancy.

Equality & Welfare Reform Transformation Project

Project Lead – 30 hours per week, actual salary £24,324 per annum (£30,000 pro-rata)

Citizens Advice Rossendale and Hyndburn have secured 3 years funding from the Esmee Fairbairn Foundation to deliver a new and exciting project, which aims to address inequalities and poor decision making within the welfare benefit system that adversely affects vulnerable and disadvantaged people. This will be achieved through specialist casework, gathering evidence to influence fairer practices and policies and developing links with legal advice providers both locally and nationally. This is a unique opportunity to make a real difference.

The Project Lead will have overall responsibility for managing and delivering the project in line with its aims and objectives, working alongside the Project Support Assistant and reporting to the Chief Officer.

The ideal candidate will have experience of giving welfare benefit advice and have knowledge of the impact of recent welfare reform. You will also have knowledge of the Equality Act 2010 and how this is applied in advice giving. You will need excellent interpersonal and presentation skills and the ability to communicate with a wide variety of audiences. This post requires travel locally and nationally, a full driving licence is required and access to a car or otherwise able to fulfil the travel requirement.

An application pack, including the job description and personal specification, is available on our website www.rossendalecab.org.uk as well as on the foregoing links. To request an application pack, please email admin@rossendalecab.cabnet.org.uk or phone 01706 252012. Please note that CVs will not be accepted without an application form.

If you would like an informal chat, please contact Rachel Whippy on 01706 252 012/01254 304 110.

Closing date: Monday the 26th of June 2017, 5pm

Interview date: week commencing 10th July 2017

Welfare benefits advisers – we need you!

GMLC volunteer ad gmlc-logoThere are only 2 law centres in Bury and Rochdale, with the rest of Greater Manchester (and its 2.7 million people) effectively being a ‘law centre-free zone’. In addition to the increased number of people representing themselves, a recent report by the Equalities and Human Rights Commission citing the disproportionate effect of the legal aid reforms and law centre closures on women, disabled people and BME communities, the demand for a new law centre is clear. Quite simply, no representation means no access to justice.

In 2015, legal aid lawyers, trade unionists and advice organisations came together to set up a community law centre for Greater Manchester. The centre intends to provide access to high-quality, free legal advice and representation for people in Greater Manchester and to empower people to use their voices to campaign for change.

Volunteers will be the backbone of this law centre.

We have launched a pilot scheme that delivers advice and representation in welfare benefits and are looking for volunteer advisers and lawyers to help deliver these services.

If you are:

  • an experienced welfare benefits adviser or lawyer.
  • able to volunteer a few hours each week.
  • eager to be involved at the start of an exciting new project, then we would love to hear from you.

Please send over a CV with details of your experience in welfare benefits advice and representation to ngaryanli@gmlaw.org.uk by Tuesday 31st January, 6pm.

You can download a pdf version of this post from https://gmwrag.files.wordpress.com/2017/01/gllc-volunteer-ad.pdf

New year. New opportunities. Total lack of imagination on post titles.

Who knew we’d start 2017 on such a positive note eh?

GMWRAG is pleased to start the year of running rather than walking with two job opportunities within Salford Welfare Rights and Debt Advice Service. Full details of these posts are below for those of you who get the emails but can’t access this site. You can also view and apply via the site which has replaced YourCouncilJobs. For those of you who don’t know this is called GreaterJobs. You will see these same jobs advertised with our friends on Rightsnet and you may note that the link on there refers to YourCouncilJobs. Please note that whilst it does redirect to GreaterJobs it only redirects to the home page and we have already had some queries asking whether the jobs exist or have been pulled. They have not. It’s just an inaccurate redirect.

If you can’t find this post in future then please remember all current vacancies are advertised on our current vacancies page up the point of their closing date whereupon we move them to our archive.

HEALTH and SOCIAL CARE

Welfare Rights & Debt Advice Service

2 x Welfare Rights Adviser (Carers)

Scale 2C £20,456 – £22,434 (Ref: 50025907)
Scale 3A £23,166 – £25,694
Scale 3B £25,694 – £28,203
[Scale depends on level of experience and ability]

The Care Act introduced additional responsibilities for local authorities in relation to Carers. These two posts have been newly created in order to provide benefit advice to carers and the ‘cared for’ to help maintain their financial independence. It involves working closely with disabled people, their carers and social work staff in order to identify benefit issues and offer advice on the options available to maximise income for service use and the local authority via charging for services.

The post holder will join a team of Welfare Rights staff dedicated to ensuring that users of Social Services domiciliary services receive their correct benefit entitlement and can make an informed choice about the way that their care needs are met.

The successful applicant will need to have:-

• Proven experience and expertise in Welfare Benefits advice work;
• An understanding of charging policies for non-residential services
• Experience of working with disabled people;
• The ability to communicate complex information clearly and concisely;

The post carries an entitlement to a casual user’s car allowance.

Please be aware that this post is subject to a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check and that you will be required to meet the cost of the DBS check – currently £44.00. The payment for this will be deducted from your first four months’ salary payments at a rate of £11.00 per month. If you do not commence employment for any reason but the DBS has been processed, you will be sent an invoice for the payment of £44.00.

Closing date: Friday 27th January 2017

Job Description.pdf
Person Specification.pdf

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Welfare Rights & Debt Advice Service

WELFARE RIGHTS OFFICER
(Health)

Scale 3B £25,694 – £28,203 (Ref: 50004034)

This post is funded by Salford Primary Care Trust to address poverty and health inequalities through the provision of Welfare Rights advice in primary health care settings

The job involves conducting advice sessions in local health centres/GP practices, undertaking individual case-work and representation, providing training and acting as a consultant to primary health care professionals and promoting benefit take-up work amongst key patient groups.

You should have proven experience and expertise in benefits work for at least two years. Being able to undertake tribunal representation and advocate on behalf of claimants is essential. You should be able to work on your own as well as part of a team, and be committed to the promotion of anti-poverty & social inclusion work.

The post carries an entitlement to a casual car user’s allowance.

Please be aware that this post is subject to a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check and that you will be required to meet the cost of the DBS check – currently £44.00. The payment for this will be deducted from your first four months’ salary payments at a rate of £11.00 per month. If you do not commence employment for any reason but the DBS has been processed, you will be sent an invoice for the payment of £44.00.

Closing date: Friday 27th January 2017

Job Description.pdf
Person Specification.pdf

Job vacancies on GMWRAG becoming a recurring theme?

It has been some time since job vacancies were a regular thing on the GMWRAG web site. We’re not quite there yet but it looks like we’ve found the tunnel if not yet a light at the end of it. In the meantime…

SUPERVISING SOLICITOR

People are facing greater and greater hardship as a result of cuts in benefits, homelessness, uncertainty at work, and escalating racism. Legal aid – which is an essential part of the welfare state – has been cut again and again. The people most in need across the ten boroughs of Greater Manchester are being deprived of access to justice.

Greater Manchester Law Centre has been set up as a clear challenge to this. We now have premises (the main Princess Road in inner city Moss Side) and volunteers providing some legal advice (welfare rights, with sessional solicitors offering more widely).

We have been generously supported by two national charitable trusts to appoint a Supervising Solicitor so that we can become a “law centre” (full member of the Law Centres Network) and start to supervise and regulate all our advice and representation.

We are looking for a truly tremendous person (or possibly a job share) to make the law centres policy demands and fulfill our service delivery aims.

This will be a three year post (in the first instance) and requires someone who is able to start up the paid work force from almost scratch. Anyone who is interested is invited to contact j.nicholson@kenworthysbarristers.co.uk or denise@gmiau.org in the first instance (for informal inquiries and information).

Formal applications will need to be made by 12.00pm (noon) on Monday the 7th of November 2016 and we are hoping that interviews will be able to be held in Manchester within the next 10 days after that.

Further details available on www.gmlaw.org.uk and details of the post can also be found on our Job Vacancies page up to the expiry date. After that you can always find details of what has been advertised here at our previous job vacancies archive.

[*Currently this is “Greater Manchester Law Centre Steering Group” – full membership of the Law Centres Network is to be considered at their next meeting in November 2016]

New job being advertised on the GMWRAG web site.

Oldham Council are advertising for a part-time Welfare Rights Officer as follows:

Welfare Rights Officer

Ref: COM16/68238

Employer: Oldham Council

Location: Oldham Civic Centre, West Street, Oldham, OL1 1NL

Salary: £24,717 – £29,033 p.a.

Salary Grade: 6

Working Pattern: Part Time

Working Hours: 18.67 hrs per week

Contract Type: Permanent

Closing date: 17/10/2016 23:59

Job Type: Administration/Clerical, Customer Service, Case Officers

Interview Date: TBC

Full details can be found on the Your Council Jobs site and a job description can be downloaded from here. The same details can be found on the GMWRAG web site on our Job Vacancies page.