Agenda and speakers for next weeks GMWRAG meeting in Oldham.

The agenda for next weeks GMWRAG meeting in Oldham is now available and can be downloaded by clicking on this link. Everything else you need can be found in our previous posts yesterday and back in July 2017.

Well, yeah, okay. You will need a coat, possibly a scarf. Almost certainly gloves and maybe even a hat and an umbrella. Apart from that, everything you need to know is in those posts 🙂

Er, okay, you might also want to know how to get there. We sort of covered that in the July post when we mischievously described transport to Oldham as “straightforward nowadays”. If you don’t believe us then please check out MyTfGM for journey planning.

We are pleased to confirm that we have two speakers for the day covering innovation and Universal Credit. If you want to know more please download the agenda from the link above.

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Countdown to the October the 6th GMWRAG meeting in Oldham.

We posted full details of the next GMWRAG meeting as far back as the 12th of July 2017. To save yourself (well, us) some time, you can have a look at that post now.  Everything you need is in there. The date, the time, the place , how to get there and even tentative details of a speaker.

A quick hint. It’s a full day meeting on Friday the 6th of October 2017 (that bit wot is in the title of this post) and you’re still going to have to read that previous post and remember to bring your own minutes from the last meeting.

We’re waiting for final confirmation on our morning speaker but we can confirm that our afternoon speaker will definitely be Vivien Robinson, DWP Partnership Manager, who will be talking about the local roll out of full service Universal Credit from 2:00pm onward.

Some of you may remember that in a previous post we detailed an update to UC roll out and this included the news that Oldham was rolling out from April 2017.

As soon as our a.m. speaker is confirmed the full agenda will be published here.

New job vacancy on the GMWRAG web site.

Hello GMWRAG persons. It’s been a while. So, a quick Autumnal reboot and a wind of the clockwork mechanism and away we go. First of several posts coming your way is this new job vacancy from our friends in Oldham. Apologies for the short notice on this one but our aching bones are moving as fast as they can. The post should already be up on our Job Vacancies page by the time you’ve read this.

Corporate and Commercial Services

Finance, Customer and Business Support Services,

Welfare Rights Service

Welfare Rights Officer

Ref: COM16/66842

Salary: £24,717- £29,033 p.a. Grade 6

Please see additional Terms and Conditions here.

We welcome applications from residents of Oldham as part of our campaign to Get Oldham Working. For more information please visit http://www.oldham.gov.uk/get_oldham_working

Hours: 36.40 per week

Based: Civic Centre, West Street, Oldham. OL1 1XJ

Closing date: 26th of September 2016

Shortlisting & Interview Date: TBC

Role overview

Working within the council’s Welfare Rights Service, you will be a committed team player and a capable individual, dedicated to providing excellent standards of service and accurate information to increase the knowledge of Welfare Rights and uptake of Benefits by providing information, advice and advocacy on Welfare and other Rights to the residents of Oldham through local advice sessions and referrals from others.

Key responsibilities

  • Provide support, negotiation, advocacy and specialist level representation in relation to benefits and welfare rights, including the preparation of comprehensive benefit appeals and representation at tribunals.
  • Ensure clients’ incomes are maximised via the take up of appropriate DWP and Council benefits and take full advantage of local/national grant assistance.
  • Provide face to face advice/deliver outreach sessions at locations across the borough, developing new benefit surgeries as required.
  • Interpret and explain legislation/case law, to ensure clients understand the options and implications of letters and other official documents, making recommendations on best course of action.
  • Develop resources and deliver information on benefits, welfare rights, welfare reform and associated issues to internal and external services and user groups.

Key Requirements

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

  • The ability and experience to analyse and interpret information and present it effectively to various audiences to inform decision-making.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills are required to effectively engage, advise and support residents with confidence to challenge where appropriate, based upon evidence.
  • Excellent organisational skills will be needed to agree, develop and manage duty cover and casework provision ensuring residents, Senior Officers and the Tribunal service have access to appropriate and timely information regarding casework, challenges and appeals.

Please visit www.yourcounciljobs.co.uk to apply for this vacancy.

Our Values

Oldham Council is a leading Local Authority; shortlisted for the Local Government Chronicle Council of the Year 2014 and described as “an ambitious and effective Council” by the Local Government Association. We want people who share our values and can deliver for the Borough of Oldham. To find out more about who we are, what we do and why you should join us please visit our dedicated careers pages where you will also find useful guidance on how best to complete the application form:   www.oldham.gov.uk/info/200270/working_at_the_council