Benefit Assessor

Milton Keynes Council

Job Introduction

We’re looking for a well organised and articulate person to join our Revenues and Benefits team to help us support some of the most vulnerable people in our community.

Ideally, you’ll have at least 18 months of experience in Housing Benefit and Council Tax Reduction assessments. You’ll set yourself high standards for quality and performance, as well as being excellent at customer service, communicating clearly in writing and over the telephone.

As our service continues to adapt, we’re looking for colleagues willing to be flexible and adaptable, for instance ready to consider cross-site working with our partner Horsham District Council.

We are able to offer flexible working arrangements, including homeworking, which may be considered after demonstrating and maintaining consistently high standards and in consideration of the service needs.

For further enquiries or an informal chat about the role please contact either Fraser Haines, Revenues & Benefits Team Leader, or Jamie Fennell Revenues and Benefits Team Leader,

Role Responsibilities

  • Process applications for Housing Benefit, Council Tax Reduction, Discretionary Housing Payments, and Discretionary Council Tax Reduction ensuring they are paid promptly and correctly in accordance with legislation and procedures.
  • Ensure that the Council Tax account information relating to the customer has the correct liability and if not, resolve any discrepancies that would affect the financial award.
  • Ensure that overpayments of Housing Benefit, Council Tax Reduction, Discretionary Housing Payments and Discretionary Council Tax Reduction have effective recovery set or are identified as not being recoverable in line with policies & procedures and are recommended for write off.
  • Administer Local Welfare Provision and any Local Authority administered government schemes that come into force.

Ideal Candidate

  • Experience in Housing Benefit and Council Tax Reduction processing activities (minimum of 18 months experience)
  • GCSE English & Maths grade A – C, or equivalent
  • Experience of working with and understanding the needs of customers
  • IT literate in Microsoft applications
  • Experience of using the NEC Northgate Revenues & Benefits System and/or Capita Academy.

Milton Keynes City Council Benefits

​We are really proud of the benefits we are able to offer our staff here at Milton Keynes City Council, including: –

  • Local Government Pension Scheme, excellent pension scheme widely regarded as one of the best available.
  • 28 days annual leave per year in addition to statutory and public holidays, rising to 32 days after 5 years.
  • Holiday Purchase Scheme.
  • Our Professional Development Centre provides access to courses such as in-house management development programmes endorsed by the Institute of Leadership, Apprenticeship Programmes (junior and senior), coaching and mentoring and access to our Smarter Learning portal.
  • Cycle to Work Scheme.
  • Health Cash plan.
  • Vivup package – a range of savings on a wide range of retail, leisure and entertainment products and services such as Pizza Express, M&S, B&Q, John Lewis and Arriva Travel.
  • Blue Light Card – Employees working within Social Care can qualify for a range of discounts from national retailers to local businesses in a wide range of categories including holidays, cars, days out, fashion, gifts, insurance, phones and much more!
  • Smart Go – Aimed at encouraging low-carbon transport and healthy lifestyle with discounted travel e.g., Halfords, Arriva, Europcar, National Railcards and Stagecoach.
  • Home buy Scheme (for eligible roles).
  • Smarter working which provides the opportunity to work from various locations including from home for a proportion of your role (subject to business needs).
  • A full range of family friendly policies including enhanced Maternity, Adoption and Paternity entitlements.
  • Childcare Subsidy.

To Apply:      For more information and to  apply  online,  visit  our  website  at

Hours: 37 full time

Closing Date: 22nd September 2023



Salary range / grade: Salary range: £27,852 to £32,020 

Hours: Full Time - Permanent - 37 hours

Closing date: 22nd Sep 2023, 11:59pm

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