Revenues and Benefits Officer x 5

Medway Council

This is an exciting opportunity to join our expanding team. Working within the dynamic and constantly changing area of Benefits and Assessments. You will contribute to the administration of Housing Benefit, Council Tax Reduction and Discretionary Housing Payments in an efficient and effective manner and in accordance with all relevant legislation and regulations on behalf of Medway Council.

Responsibilities:

To accurately calculate new claims and changes in circumstances for Housing Benefit and Council Tax Reduction.

To assist in ensuring that the council’s records are kept up to date by accurately completing reviews of claims for Housing Benefit and Council Tax Reduction.

To assist in the provision of advice concerning the administration of Council Tax Reduction and Housing Benefit

To provide financial guidance to customers in respect of their financial welfare

To liaise and correspond with Government Departments, the Department for Work and Pensions, other appropriate organisations and other officers of the Council.

In return we offer you:

  • Generous annual leave entitlement
  • Generous local government pension scheme package
  • Access to wider training and development qualifications
  • Flexible working scheme
  • Travel plan discounts
  • Car Benefit Scheme from Tusker
  • Access to CAREFIRST advice & counselling service
  • Employee discount scheme for national and local retailers
  • The Government has introduced new ways of supporting parents with childcare costs. Further details are available here: – https://www.childcarechoices.gov.uk/

Apply online:

https://ats-medway.jgp.co.uk/vacancies/276049

If you would like to have an informal discussion with the recruiting manager, please e-mail Sarah Hargreaves on sarah.hargreaves@medway.gov.uk  

Interviews are likely to be held virtually via Microsoft Teams.  Full details on how this will work will be sent to you, if your application is successfully shortlisted.

 

Important Information-

Applicants must be able to demonstrate all essential requirements as listed in the job profile.

Home working is available for this post and we would like to invite applications from any location.

We’re committed to making Medway carbon neutral by 2050. We have developed an action plan to ensure we play our part in addressing the climate emergency.  Our declaration fits into our Council Plan priority of making Medway a place to be proud of. The main outcome being a ‘clean and green environment’. All Medway Council staff can access an additional day’s paid leave to undertake a volunteering activity which supports climate change.

Our organisation:

Medway is a unitary authority in the South East of England, made up of the towns of Strood, Rochester, Chatham, Gillingham and Rainham and more rural areas, including the Hoo Peninsula.

Situated in Kent in the South-East of England, the area has plenty of green spaces, excellent facilities and easy access to the national motorway and rail networks, facilitating superb transport links to London.

We provide all local Government services for a quarter of a million people, looking after educationenvironmentsocial carehousingplanningbusiness and much more – everything from frontline services such as rubbish collection and events like the Dickens Festival to work that goes on behind the scenes to ensure services in Medway run smoothly and cost effectively.

Working at Medway Council means that you get to be part of this journey working alongside talented, professional colleagues to drive forward change to transform the lives of our residents and the communities they live in.

Equal Opportunities Commitment Statement

Medway Council is committed to creating an inclusive work environment with a diverse workforce. All appropriately qualified candidates will receive consideration for employment without regard to gender, race, colour, ethnic or national origin, disability, marital status, family commitments, sexual orientation, age, HIV status, religious or political beliefs, social class or trade union activity or irrelevant spent conviction.

For further information please refer to the Medway information pack available as a download or to view online.

Please be advised that if you are not contacted within 3 weeks of the advert closing date then you have not been shortlisted.  All recruitment correspondence, including interview letters and contracts of employment will usually be sent out via email.

Please visit http://www.mindfulemployer.net/ for information on how Medway Council put good practices in place to ensure employees and job applicants who declare mental health issues receive the right level of support.

We reserve the right to close this vacancy at any time prior to the closing date.

 

 

Salary range / grade: Salary range / grade: Range 3 - £24,525 - £29,268 per annum / pro rata

Hours: Full Time - Permanent - 37 hours

Closing date: 16th Apr 2024, 11:59pm

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