Freshly minted new job vacancies at Greater Manchester Law Centre.

GMLC logoGreater Manchester Law Centre are looking to appoint a Director, Social Welfare Solicitor(s) and a Welfare Benefits Supervisor who share their vision for the future. An electronic version of the below can be downloaded from https://gmwrag.files.wordpress.com/2019/07/full-advert_gmlc-director-solicitor-supervisor-advert-july-20191.docx.

Solidarity not Sympathy – Law Centre Director, Solicitor(s) and Welfare Benefits Supervisor

Greater Manchester Law Centre is looking to appoint a Director, Social Welfare Solicitor(s) and Welfare Benefits Supervisor who share our vision for the future.

More and more people are experiencing benefits cuts and sanctions, homelessness and escalating racism. The hostile environment affects both claimants and migrants. The survivors of Grenfell are entitled to justice.

Yet legal aid has been cut again and again. Law firms are deterred from taking restrictive legal aid contracts. Young social welfare lawyers have few places to practise. The people most in need of legal representation are least likely to be able to find – or afford – a lawyer.

Greater Manchester Law Centre started as a protest against cuts and closures. We have been open to the public for three years, providing a welcoming face-to-face service. We’ve provided support to people to challenge benefit decisions at tribunals, legal representation for people who are homeless or facing eviction, given expert employment law advice, and through all this we have been developing a new generation of social welfare lawyers.

But while we work with individuals, we have to challenge the policies which produce the hardships they and many others are facing in the first place. That is why we set out our purpose in our recently launched manifesto “Fighting Together for Free Access to Justice”. We demand the restoration of legal aid, the legal right to a safe and secure home, and an end to the scandals resulting from Windrush and Universal Credit. Working together with the rightly-acclaimed Greater Manchester Immigration Aid Unit, we aim to be the leading voluntary organisation in the city-region promoting both challenges to government policy and improvements to advice and representation needed to make legal aid a reality and to empower those who are most affected by the current regime.

GREATER MANCHESTER LAW CENTRE DIRECTOR

We seek someone who shares our political outlook and has the skills and commitment to take the law centre in the direction set out in the manifesto, and who will work together with others, especially “user-led” groups of people directly affected themselves, to change government policies and end the hostile environment.

This means a clear and strategic senior manager, looking outward and upward,

  • who can use the Manifesto to put forward both policy changes and service developments [the Manifesto is at www.gmlaw.org.uk]
  • who can work with others to increase our effectiveness with both the local decision-makers and the parliamentarians with whom we have already built good links, as well as with the universities, law firms, media and indeed the general public, and
  • who can ensure that there will be financial and managerial sustainability for the law centre for the long-term future.

For an informal discussion, which we would encourage, please contact John Nicholson [13-27 July only] or Denise McDowell – johnnicholson@gmlaw.org.uk or denise@gmiau.org

For an application pack, please see www.gmlaw.org.uk

Applications to johnnicholson@gmlaw.org.uk by 12.00 noon Monday 5th August 2019.

Interviews are likely to be held in the week beginning 12th August 2019 (so please say if you have any difficulties with dates in that week).

GREATER MANCHESTER LAW CENTRE SOLICITOR(S)

GMLC also seeks (at least) 1 full time equivalent Solicitor, whether through full or part time posts, to cover at least one or more of the following:

Housing,

Public Law,

Employment,

Mental Health,

Community Care,

and

Welfare Benefits.

We are looking for people committed to our manifesto and to working in a community law centre.

The manifesto is at www.gmlaw.org.uk

For an informal discussion, which we would encourage, please contact John Nicholson [13-27 July only] or Denise McDowell – johnnicholson@gmlaw.org.uk or denise@gmiau.org

For an application pack, please see www.gmlaw.org.uk

Applications to johnnicholson@gmlaw.org.uk by 12.00 noon Monday 12th August 2019.

Interviews are likely to be held in the fortnight beginning 19th August 2019 (so please say if you have any difficulties with dates in the second half of August).

GREATER MANCHESTER LAW CENTRE WELFARE BENEFITS SUPERVISOR

GMLC seeks a welfare benefits supervisor to provide a high-quality welfare benefits advice and specialist casework service to clients in Greater Manchester, and to provide supervision, mentoring and support to volunteer workers to help develop their skills and expertise in welfare benefits.

We are looking for people committed to our manifesto and to working in a community law centre. The manifesto is at gmlaw.org.uk 

For an informal discussion, which we would encourage, please contact John Nicholson [13-27 July only] or Denise McDowell – johnnicholson@gmlaw.org.uk or denise@gmiau.org

For an application pack, please see www.gmlaw.org.uk

Applications to johnnicholson@gmlaw.org.uk by 12.00 noon Monday 12th August 2019.

Interviews are likely to be held in the fortnight beginning 19th August 2019 (so please say if you have any difficulties with dates in the second half of August).

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Lost for words. Another job advert!

These are strange times. Here’s another job advert in GM. Clearly, we’re going to have to clamp down on this sort of thing 🙂

As ever you’ll be able to find a copy of this on our permanent Job Vacancies page.

 

Job Title:

Welfare Benefit Advisor
Reference Number: JIG-061
 

Location:

Turner House, Leigh
 

Salary:

£31,652 – £35,218 per annum

Salary Band I

 

Hours:

35 flexible hours per week between the hours of 7.00am & 7.00pm, Monday to Friday

Or

36 compressed hours per week between the hours of 7.00am & 7.00pm over 4 days.

 

Who we are: Jigsaw Homes Group was created on 3rd April 2018 following the merger of New Charter Group and Adactus Housing Group. Jigsaw is now one of the largest housing groups in England with more than 33,000 homes across the North West and East Midlands, employing over 1400 employees. Our main social purpose is to provide quality homes as solid foundations for people to thrive for the rest of their lives.

 

About the department: The department is a highly skilled and effective team. It strives to deliver a financial service which aims to meet the current and future needs of the business. The team is committed to the organisations aims and objectives and as such work in a fast moving and exciting environment.

 

Role Information: The successful candidate will assist residents to maximise their incomes and provide them with advice, support and assistance to enhance their financial circumstances and well being.

 

Jigsaw Benefits: In return Jigsaw Homes Group offer 24 working days holiday per annum (rising with extended service and additional leave given for the Christmas closure), occupational sick pay, flexible working, on-site gyms, access to the Social Housing Pension Scheme, Simply Health membership, enhanced maternity/paternity leave and training/development opportunities.

 

Closing Date: 12.00 noon, Monday 22 April 2019

 

Application Instructions If you would like an application form and information pack please contact us either via our recruitment line on 01942 604 292 or by email to HR@adactushousing.co.uk or apply on-line at our website www.jigsawhomes.org.uk/vacancies Please note you must apply via our application form, we do not accept CV’s.

What do you think this is? A jobs web site? Oh, er…

GMWRAG could get used to this. Yes, more job vacancies…

Salford City Council
Salford Civic Centre
Chorley Road
Swinton, M27 5AW

Welfare Rights Officer (Health)
2 Posts:
– Full time (36 hours), Permanent
– Part time (18 hours), Fixed term (to September 1st 2019 in first instance)
Grade: 3B, £26,999 – £29,636(full time)/£13,499 – £14,818 (part time)
Closing date: 30th of April, 12pm
Entitlement to a casual car user allowance

We are looking for an experienced welfare rights officer to join our dynamic and well established welfare rights and debt advice team.

This post provides a comprehensive specialist welfare benefits advice service in GP practices and health centres.

Key responsibilities will include:
• Providing an advice service in a variety of health settings and home visits
• Duty cover of our telephone and email welfare rights advice service
• Contributing to welfare rights training delivery
• Acting as an expert consultant and providing support for GPs, health and social care professionals

You should have:
• Up to date experience and expertise in benefits case work including appeal representation
• Working knowledge of social security legislation
• strong written and verbal communication skills
• an ability to work on your own as well as part of a team
• a commitment to the promotion of anti-poverty and equality work

Please confirm in your application which post you are interested in.

Role Profile.docx

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.

Our core data protection obligations and commitments are set out in the council’s primary Recruitment and Employment Privacy Notice which can be found at https://www.salford.gov.uk/gdpr.

You can apply via https://www.greater.jobs/search-and-apply/job-details/SF-27381/

GMWRAG heading for a record year on job vacancies. A new post in Tameside.

Tameside logoTAMESIDE MBC

Welfare Rights and Debt Advice Service

Cultural & Customer Services

Operations & Neighbourhoods

WELFARE RIGHTS OFFICER

GRADE G SCP 23 £13,499 – SCP 28 £15,685

Permanent, 18 hours

Location: Tameside One, Ashton-under-Lyne

The role is primarily fixed at 18 hours per week – Monday, Wednesday, Friday 9.15am – 3.45pm but on occasion some flexibility may be required

Tameside MBC has a well-established Welfare Rights & Debt Advice Service. 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 specialist level welfare benefit advice and appeal representation.

Your main responsibilities will be to provide specialist level welfare rights advice through our telephone advice line. You will be skilled in extracting essential information in order to provide a benefit check and establish if a resident has grounds for appealing a decision.

The post holder will be expected to see clients face to face when required and to be able to provide representation at Social Security Appeal Tribunals up to and including the Upper Tribunal.

The successful applicant would need to have relevant, demonstrable experience in providing welfare benefits advice work, including tribunal representation, and a good knowledge of the benefits system, especially in the areas of sickness and disability. As the role is predominately telephone based, it is essential that you have excellent customer service and communication skills.

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

Reference No: DPT17
Closing Date: 6th of May 2019 at 12 noon.

Job Description/ Person Specification.docx

Applications can be made via Greater Jobs.

Details of this advert will also remain on our job vacancies page until the closing date when they’ll move to our archive.

A new vacancy at Trafford Housing Trust.

Barely a day month goes by… blah blah blah. Can also be found in the usual place. Yes, we’re aware we’ve some tidying up to do on recent vacancies. We’ll get there. Anyway, have a job!

Trafford Housing Trust

Trafford Housing Trust logoJob Vacancy: Temporary Welfare Rights Officer

Salary:  £29,610 – £32,796

Location – Sale Point, Trafford, Greater Manchester

Hours – 36.25

Term – Temporary until April 2020

At the Trust we are all about making communities and society in general, stronger, better, safer and happier. An opportunity to further this vision has arisen in our Customer Support Team at Trafford as we are looking to recruit a temporary Welfare Rights Officer.  Maximising customer’s income through the effective take up of welfare benefits is instrumental in furthering our ambition of creating a society free from poverty.

In this post the successful person will ensure that a professional wide-ranging welfare rights advice service is provided to our customers who wish to claim a benefit or challenge a decision that has been made about a benefit they have claimed.

Given the sensitive nature of the role, qualities such as empathy and patience are essential as is the ability to adapt to the needs of the customer and ensure that they fully understand their options, rights and responsibilities.

The successful person will be able to build rapport with customers, external agencies and business colleagues in maximising customer disposable income both at the start of and during their tenancies.

Experience of working in a fast paced, demanding environment is essential and the individual we are looking for will need to be highly organised and self-motivated.

The post holder will support colleagues from across the business as necessary with cascading any benefit legislation changes and holding training sessions where needed. As part of the role will involve visiting customers in their own homes, access to a car for this role is essential.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Visiting customers who would like assistance with claiming benefits or challenging decisions.
  • Assisting with claims, appeals, mandatory reconsiderations and tribunal submissions
  • Preparing cases for and representing customers at tribunal
  • Meticulous case and outcome recording

Essential Criteria

  • Proven knowledge of welfare benefits
  • Experience of implementing procedures to support your work and experience in accurate

recording and monitoring of outcomes.

  • Driving Licence and access to a vehicle

Closing Date: Friday 29th March at 12pm

To see the role profile and apply for this role on the internal application form, please click here.

Please ask external candidates to log on to our external website.

People and Talent

What comes after “unprecedented”?

Having advertised 3 jobs in a relatively short period of time and used the word “unprecedented” GMWRAG now find ourselves advertising job number 4 of 2019 and stuck for a superlative (although not lacking in alliteration :)). The internet tells us we have choices like “anomalous” or “freakish”; “aberrant” or “ground-breaking”. GMWRAG is going with “marvellous”.

As ever this post is permanently available on our Vacancies page. At least until it joins our Vacancies archive. Full information can be found at GreaterJobs.

Salford City Council
Salford Civic Centre
Chorley Road
Swinton, M27 5AW

Welfare Rights Officer (mental health)
Contract Type: Temporary to 1 September 2019 in the first instance)
Grade: 3B £26,470 – £29,055
Working Hours: 36 hours per week
Entitlement to a casual car user allowance

We are looking for an experienced welfare rights officer to join our dynamic and well established welfare rights and debt advice team.

This post provides a comprehensive specialist welfare benefits advice service for people with mental health problems.

Key responsibilities will include:
• Providing an advice service in a variety of mental health settings and in your client’s own homes
• Duty cover of our telephone and email welfare rights advice service
• Contributing to welfare rights training delivery
• Acting as an expert consultant and providing support for key mental health professionals

You should have:
• Up to date experience and expertise in benefits work including appeal representation
• a good appreciation of mental health and the benefit issues that relate to people with mental problems
• strong written and verbal communication skills
• an ability to work on your own as well as part of a team
• a commitment to the promotion of anti-poverty work

Role Profile.docx

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.

Our core data protection obligations and commitments are set out in the council’s primary Recruitment and Employment Privacy Notice which can be found at https://www.salford.gov.uk/gdpr.

GMWRAG in unprecedented “advertising three GM roles inside a couple of weeks” scenario.

GMWRAG finds ourselves barely into the 2nd month of the year and advertising our 3rd post of 2019. It’s hard to remember the last time this happened so make the most of the opportunities being offered. We’ve no idea how long it will be until the next advert appears.

As ever you can find a permanent reference to this vacancy on our Job Vacancies page.

Welfare Rights and Debt Advice
Civic Centre
Chorley Road
Swinton
M27 5BN

Senior Welfare Rights Officer (Community Care)

Grade: 4A £32,233 – £35,229 the salary will raise to £32,878-£35,934 with effect from 1st April 2019 due to the 2019 National Joint Council pay award
Hours: 36
Contract Type: Permanent

This post manages and supervises a team of Charging Assessors and Welfare Rights Advisers in the Community Care Team. It also oversees the delivery of the charging assessment process alongside maximising the income of service users, their families and carers.

It would also include liaising and working closely with social work teams, finance officers, Client Affairs and other professionals involved in the commissioning and delivery of community care services.

You would need a firm grasp of the legislative framework for Community Care, charging and social security.

You would need to be highly motivated, ability to manage, inspire and lead a staff team and be an integral member of the management team delivering a professional Welfare Rights Service across the City.

The Service is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. This post is subject to a fully enhanced DBS check.

Our core data protection obligations and commitments are set out in the council’s primary Recruitment and Employment Privacy Notice which can be found at https://www.salford.gov.uk/gdpr

Job Role Profile.docx

The closing date is the 15th of February 2019 and further information on how to apply can be found at https://salfordjobs.engageats.co.uk/LoginV2.aspx?enc=vDVLPY6BrOnmx9szwB5icMU/Bp97ap1BlI/jb0LhRYVeoh/cn5bYgvW+9EbbSw7a

New job advert on GMWRAG.

GMWRAG is pleased to announce our second job advert of 2019. As ever this is replicated on our permanent Job Vacancies page.

Welfare Rights Officer

Business & Corporate Services

Administration

Oldham council logoOldham Council

Corporate and Commercial Services

Welfare Rights Service

Welfare Rights Officer

Ref: G6/OL-24749

Contract Type: Permanent (and 1 post for 12 month maternity cover)

Salary: £25,463 – £29,909. (pro rata for part time post)

Hours: 1 x FTE 36.40 per week (permanent)

1 X PTE  ( 0.5 fte Wed pm, Thursday and Friday)

1 x FTE (36.40 per week to cover maternity leave for 12 months)

Based: Level 13, Civic Centre, West Street, Oldham, OL1 1UT

Closing date: 22nd February 2019

Shortlisting & Interview Dates: To be confirmed.

Role overview

To contribute to the provision of a comprehensive high quality Welfare Rights Service advising residents about entitlement to welfare benefits supporting residents to challenge benefit decisions and providing representation at Appeal Tribunals.

Key responsibilities

  • Interpreting legislation and case law, providing specialist technical information and advice on welfare benefits to residents, partners, internal and external organisations.
  • Mediate and negotiate with appropriate agencies on a resident’s behalf, submitting mandatory reconsiderations and appeals to relevant bodies and represent clients at Tribunal Hearings, where appropriate.
  • Progress complex casework, gathering evidence as needed and keeping residents updated
  • Support the delivery of an effective duty service, and outreach provision
  • Contribute to the planning and delivery of Health & Wellbeing campaigns and Financial take up initiatives through the development of innovative approaches

 Key Requirements

To succeed in this role you will need as a minimum:

  • Proven experience and expertise in Welfare Benefit advice work
  • Excellent organisational skills, to ensure completion of necessary tasks to meet deadlines
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, with an ability to deal with issues in a tactful and sensitive manner

The post is subject to a standard disclosure from the DBS.

Oldham Right to Work in the UK.doc

Job Description & Person Spec.doc

About Us

For more information about the Oldham Council, please visit:  https://www.greater.jobs/content/4559/working-for-oldham

For details of how we use your data please see our privacy notice: https://www.oldham.gov.uk/downloads/file/4967/employment_privacy_notice_-_oldham_council_10

First job advert of 2019 thanks to Age UK in Trafford.

Trafford Age UK logoInformation and Advice Manager

Salary: £14,319 (£23,866 pro rata 21 hours) + pension

21 hrs per week to be worked flexibly to suit operational needs

We need an experienced and enthusiastic benefits adviser to work in our Information and Advice service. The post holder must be able to complete benefit application forms and to provide general benefits advice and support.

Closing date: 4th February 2019

Interview Date: 8th February 2019

To apply go to our website www.ageuktrafford.org.uk and click on the vacancy section on the front page. Return your completed pack by email to: admin@ageuktrafford.org.uk or post: The Sharples Building, 1-3 Church Road, Urmston, Manchester M41 9EH.

Registered Charity No: 1109047

Company Ltd by guarantee no: 5384301

The details of this post can also be found in a information and advice manager advert jan 2019 and on our Job Vacancies page.