Benefits Adviser (Part Time)

Organisation: Asbestos Support Central England
28 hours per week
£25,951- (pro-rata 28 hours per week £19,638) plus a 6 per cent Employer Pension Contribution.
Location: Birmingham based
Deadline: 9 October, 2017

Asbestos Support Benefits Adviser

This is a really exciting and rewarding opportunity for a benefits adviser to join the Asbestos Support team at the West Midlands Hazards Trust. Your job will be to visit those suffering from asbestos related diseases, provide support and advice and assist them in accessing the help they are entitled to.

The West Midlands Hazards Trust is expanding the service offered by its Asbestos Support project. This project has been in existence for over nine years and has helped more than one and a half thousand individuals and families affected by asbestos related diseases. We are now looking to employ a second Benefits Adviser to help with the growing caseload.

Knowledge of the issues which affect people suffering from asbestos related diseases would be useful but is not essential as full training will be provided to the successful candidate. The essential skills for this role are a general knowledge of the current benefits system and an ability to deal sensitively with people experiencing various health problems.

Your specific role will be to advise those suffering from asbestos related diseases and their families of their rights and entitlements through home visits and office appointments.

Asbestos remains the biggest single cause of work related deaths in the UK. More people die each year of asbestos related diseases than die on the roads. Asbestos Support exists in order to help end the misery these diseases cause. If you can help us make a difference this job is for you.

Duties and responsibilities will be:

  1. to conduct home visits and office appointments with sufferers and their families in order to provide information & assistance on benefits and access to civil compensation.
  2. to provide assistance and representation as appropriate with reconsiderations of decisions and appeals.
  3. to provide support and assistance for families at Coroner inquests, if required.
  4. to develop and maintain sufficient knowledge of the issues faced by users of the service.
  5. to keep and maintain case files and update the cases database.
  6. to work with and liaise with Asbestos Victims Support Groups Forum UK, and to work with the West Midlands Hazards Trust to ensure compliance with the Forum’s Code of Practice.
  7. to liaise with other statutory and voluntary organisations.
  8. to attend appropriate meetings and functions.
  9. operate in compliance with the West Midlands Hazards Trust’s policies and procedures, helping where necessary to develop these.
  10. undertake any other duties & responsibilities commensurate with the post.

Conditions of Employment:

Closing date for applications: Monday 9 October 2017.

Interviews will take place in central Birmingham during the week beginning the 23 October 2017.

Download a full application pack at or call 0121 678 8853

The West Midlands Hazards Trust is a committed equal opportunities employer.


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Tel: 0121 678 8853