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.

New job advert on the GMWRAG web site.

People Directorate

Welfare Rights & Debt Advice Service

Welfare Rights Adviser (Direct Payments)

18 hours (job share)

Scale 2C £20,456 – £22,434

Scale 3A £23,166 – £25,694

Scale 3B   £25,694 – £28,203

[Pro Rata. Scale depends on level of experience and ability]

Personalisation of services provided by local authorities led to an increase in the number of people opting to use a direct payment from Adult Social Care to organise their own care. The flexibility offered by taking a direct payment has increased the number of people who choose to employ a personal assistant to provide the support they require. This post is designed to provide complex benefit advice to those people who chose this option. It involves working closely with disabled people, their carers and social work staff in order to identify benefit issues, offer advice on the options available to maximise income for service use and the potential employee. The post holder will join a team of Welfare Rights staff dedicated to ensuring that users of domiciliary services receive their correct benefit entitlement and can make an informed choice about the way their care needs are met.

The successful applicant will need to have:-

  • proven experience and expertise in Welfare Benefit advice work
  • a well developed understanding of Direct Payment legislation
  • an understanding of how charges for non-residential care services are worked out
  • an understanding of care commissioning procedures
  • experience of working with disabled people
  • the ability to communicate complex information clearly and concisely

Further information available from https://www.greater.jobs/search-and-apply/job-details/SF-14547

Closing date: Friday 16th March 2018   

New job advert on the GMWRAG web site.

The following post has also been added to our job vacancies page.

Tameside Council




Grade H: £29,323 – £32,486 per annum

36 hours per week, Permanent

Located at: Clarence Arcade, Stamford Street, Ashton under Lyne, OL6 7PT

Tameside MBC has a well-established Welfare Rights & Debt Advice Service.

A vacancy has arisen for a welfare benefits and debt advice supervisor.

We are looking for an individual with particular experience in delivering welfare benefits advice at a specialist level including experience of representing clients at social security appeals. Knowledge around specialist debt advice, in particular around rent and mortgage possessions in preventing homelessness is also a requirement of the post as you will be supervising a multi-disciplinary team of both debt and benefits advisers.

As this is a supervisory post, you will need to have significant experience of supervising staff, ideally in an advice setting. You will be responsible for ensuring that high quality advice is being provided through supervision, file review and peer review processes. You will also oversee workflow into the service to ensure that residents are supported with benefits and debt advice issues.

You must have an ordered approach to casework with excellent inter-personal skills with the ability to work under pressure.

You will need excellent organisational and supervisory skills and be able to demonstrate experience of providing support or advice to the public including vulnerable people.

If you would like to discuss any aspects of the post, please contact Janine Yates, Team Manager 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: ADV754

Contract: permanent
Working hours: full-time
Closing date: 11:59pm on the 26th of October 2017
Interviews: to be confirmedJob Description/Person Specification.doc

The application process is managed through Greater Jobs and you will need to create an account and/or login on that site in order to be able to commence the application process.