Welfare Rights Officer

Job Summary
Contract Type:
Fixed Term
Working Pattern:
Please see advert text
Advert Start Date:
Advert End Date:
Closed for applications on 04/05/2021 23:59
Grade 7 (SCP 26-30) £30,451-£33,782 pro rata
Hours per week:
Please see advert text
Job Category:
Finance / Benefits / Revenues / Procurement
Vacancy ID:
Employment Location:
Agile working
Post Number:
50090986, 50090987
Number of posts:
Closing date:
4 May
Further Information

2 posts available:
18.5 hpw, fixed term for 3 years
37 hpw, fixed term for 12 months

Sunderland Welfare Rights Service is a specialist casework service offering advice and representation in relation to benefits debt and employment on behalf of Sunderland City Council.

We work collaboratively with a range of other providers including our commissioned first tier advice givers.

Fixed term post for 3 years:
The post is funded by West Area Committee. The postholder will work in the West of the City picking up specialist referrals from a range of partners and includes challenging decisions made by the DWP and representation of clients at hearings. Candidates will be expected to represent clients at hearings in relation to a wide range of issues including social security, employment and debt matters at hearings including UAT, County Court and the Employment Tribunal.

Fixed term post for 12 months:
An additional post is required to create capacity in the team for a backlog of tribunal cases created when tribunal activity was suspended during first lockdown. The postholder will pick up cases including tribunals from the existing caseload to support workload management across the team.

The successful candidates in both posts will carry a working case load and have extensive knowledge of providing advice in relation to Welfare Benefits, Debt and Employment up to and including representing clients at Social Security Hearings and Employment Tribunals as well as dealing with County Court procedures in relation to eviction and debt which may include appearing in court with clients.

For an informal discussion please contact Andy Simblett, Welfare Rights Service Team Manager on 07786091931.

This post is exempt from the rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 and therefore will be subject to a DBS check from the Disclosure and Barring Service.

Applications should be made on-line at northeastjobs.org.uk/sunderlandcitycouncil. For further assistance contact Operational HR Services by email: jobs@sunderland.gov.uk

Please note that CVs are not acceptable.

Please note that all communication regarding your application for this post will be sent to the email address that you have registered online with North East Jobs, including your invitation to any online assessment you are required to undertake and your invite to interview if you are short-listed. Please check your email inbox after the closing date for notifications as you may not be notified by any other means. Please remember to check your junk mail items.

Please be advised if you have not heard from us in six weeks after the closing date please assume you have not been shortlisted.

Please note
This job is closed for applications.