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Welfare Benefits Officer

Organisation: Derbyshire County Council
18.5 hours per week (maternity cover)
£13,683.48 - £15,186.48 per annum (Grade 10 or could consider as Grade 9 if less experienced)
Location: Ripley, Derbyshire
Deadline: 23 December, 2018

An opportunity has arisen to join Derbyshire County Council’s Welfare Rights Service in a part time maternity cover position 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.

An appointment at grade 9 could be considered for a candidate with benefits knowledge and experience in first tier tribunal representation who has not yet developed a specialism, or been involved in challenging and shaping caselaw at the upper tribunal level.

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 these posts 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 https://jobs.derbyshire.gov.uk/ and look for job vacancies, or you can request an application pack by contacting Call Derbyshire on 01629 533190 and quoting the job reference JOB/18/01044.

Contact

Address: Derbyshire County Council
Cemetery Lane
Ripley
Derbyshire
DE5 3HY

E-mail: welfarebenefits@derbyshire.gov.uk

Tel: 01629 531531