Starting salary: £34,629
Job Level: Level 3, Zone 2
Work Location: 5 Pancras Square, London, N1C 4AG
Hours per week: 36
Contract type: Permanent
Closing date: Tuesday 20th September 2022 at 23:59
Interviews to be held: Week commencing 26th September 2022
Alternative flexible working options available / open to discussion
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The role exists to assist the senior subsidy officer and the Housing Benefits Service Manager to ensure the timely and accurate subsidy claims both directly through the claims themselves and being a key lead with internal and external auditors, as well as indirectly through various quality assurance pieces of work you will do throughout the year which may require changes to policies and procedures along with the effective delivery of training to support implementation of those changes to ensure ongoing learning and development for your wider benefits service colleagues.
Your existing extensive housing benefits knowledge and experience (ideally also in a subsidy related role), along with ensuring you keep up-to-date knowledge of changes to legislation or case law alongside your excellent IT skills to test out changes to software needed to implement local and national changes to Housing Benefit, Council Tax Reduction and Discretionary Housing Payment schemes are critical to being successful in this position.
In addition to the subsidy related duties around minimising losses through timelines and corrective / preventative action with your peers in the service you will also form part of the process responsible for ensuring access to DWP data through the core Civica system or things like Spotlight are restricted in line with both DWP and Camden IT protocols.
This post is exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act and will require an Enhanced DBS.
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The successful candidate will have existing multi years’ recent experience in a Housing Benefits service, ideally also in a subsidy role. Your excellent analytical and numerical skills mean you can interpret both legislation and data to spot issues and your problem-solving skills mean you can use your knowledge and experience to deliver effective solutions to changes required.
You will have excellent communication skills you can bend and flex dependant on your audience which may range from vulnerable residents to internal and external stakeholders such as housing; audit; DWP; Councillors; peers from other local authorities; etc.
As a key function of the role is around protecting the Council around losses in subsidy, your role is key both in terms of the monitoring and submission of returns in a timely fashion as well as ensuring any issues are addressed such as changes to procedures, identifying quality issues by your peers (group training or individual coaching), identifying best practice (internally and externally) and exploring changes to software needed to ensure timely and accurate assessment of Benefits.
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Inclusion and Diversity
We want Camden Council to be a great place to work and to ensure that our communities are represented across our workforce. A vital part of this is ensuring we are a truly inclusive organisation that encourages diversity in all respects, including diversity of thinking. We particularly welcome applications from Black, Asian and those of Other Ethnicities, LGBT+, disabled and neurodiverse communities to make a real difference to our residents so that equalities and justice remains at the heart of everything we do.
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