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

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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.

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Initial details of the first meeting of the GMWRAG Greater Manchester Universal Credit Forum.

Somewhat pre-empting the issuing of the minutes of the last meeting GMWRAG is pleased to be able to confirm that the first GMWRAG led Greater Manchester Universal Credit Forum (we’re open to negotiations on the name) has been scheduled to take place  between 12:30pm and 5pm on Friday the 25th of January 2019 in the Crompton Suite at Oldham Council, Civic Centre, West Street, Oldham OL1 1NL.

For SatNav use OL1 1NL as the post code. The Metrolink stop is King Street (2-3 mins walk) away.

The intention is that a a minimum of 3 DWP partnership managers will be at each meeting along with a similar number of work coach team leaders and (hopefully) the Preston Service Centre manager (but longer term staff on the front line at the SC).

The agenda for the first meeting will broadly be around

  • introductions and sorting how the group should administer itself; who it should report to etc.
  • limited capability for work and complex needs.
  • deductions from UC.
  • any other business.

As agreed at the meeting, this post is going out her in order to generate GM interest beyond those who attended the October GMWRAG meeting and a number of people who attended that meeting will also be invited through various routes.

Our target audience here is advisers whose welfare rights work is in the GM area and we’re looking for people with a long term interest in participating in the forum to drive consistency of approach across the Greater Manchester area. One off attendees will always be welcome but the focus is initially on establishing a core group who will be able to attend quarterly meetings.

Initially if you could email gmwrag at hotmail dot co dot uk and let us know of your interest we’ll liaise with Oldham.

Please note that it was agreed that after January 2019 (when we already have a full day GMWRAG meeting scheduled for the week before the first UC forum) whoever hosts GMWRAG will be hosting a half day UC forum meeting and a half day GMWRAG meeting.

If you’re not sure when you’re hosting GMWRAG then full details can be found on our meetings page. How this works with Oldham being scheduled to host GMWRAG in June 2019 we have yet to figure out but rest assured we’re working on it.

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.

This post has no title. It was deliberate to get your attention.

GMWRAG did grovel slightly about posting a rare job vacancy on the 9th of September 2016 with a closing date of the 16th of September 2016. You can see our rare contrition and details of the post itself here and on our Job Vacancies pages.

We’re now going to walk the fine line between apologising further and laughing in your face by pointing out that the closing date for the above vacancy is actually the 26th of September 2016. We have amended our original post and amended the advert itself. Any attempt to describe this as “covering our tracks” will be strenuously denied. We’re not even going to tell you if this was our error but obviously that could never be the case 🙂

So, if you saw the advert here and managed to apply in time then “hahahaha, that was a wasted weekend wasn’t it!” well done you. If not, then you have a second opportunity.