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Welfare Benefits Officer

Organisation: Derbyshire County Council
37 hours per week
£27,367 - £30,373
Location: Ripley, Derbyshire
Deadline: 23 December, 2018

An opportunity has arisen to join Derbyshire County Council’s Welfare Rights Service in the Specialist Support Team that delivers high-volume and high-quality representation for Derbyshire residents at benefit appeal tribunals.

We are looking for an experienced welfare benefits advisor with excellent skills in advocacy, negotiation and communication, and particularly experience in representing at appeal tribunals. This postholder will work with a range of clients providing first-tier representation; reviewing cases for further challenge; and pursuing these to upper tier tribunal where appropriate. Alongside the rest of the service the post holder will also contribute to the wider work of the service, including periodic duties on the Benefits Helpline.

The Welfare Rights Service is passionate about its role supporting Derbyshire residents struggling with financial hardship. We have a number of teams who work to support social care clients and the wider public to promote and support benefit take-up. In a time when there are many changes to the benefit system, demand for support from the service is high. If you have a depth of benefits knowledge and experience, and enjoy the challenge of interpreting and testing caselaw we would welcome your application.

The base for this post is in Ripley - the team covers the whole county of Derbyshire and the role will involve travel around the county.

Due to this post having access to children and/or vulnerable adults, candidates will be required to undertake a Disclosure and Barring Service check. The possession of a criminal record will not necessarily prevent an applicant from obtaining this post, as all cases are judged individually according to the nature of the role and information provided.

For further information and to apply, please go to or you can request an application pack by contacting Call Derbyshire on 01629 533190 and quoting the job reference: JOB/18/01045


Address: Derbyshire County Council
Cemetery Lane
Derbyshire DE5 3HY


Tel: 01629 531531