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INTERNAL ONLY - Court Deputy Officer

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Job Summary

Employment Term:
Full time, Permanent
Working Pattern:
Full time
Advert Start Date:
13/02/2020
Advert End Date:
Closed for applications on 23/02/2020 23:59
Salary:
£28,785 - £31,371 (pro rata to hours worked)
Hours per week:
37
Job Category:
Revenues & Benefits
Vacancy ID:
105986
Employment Location:
Badminton Road, Yate
Post Number:
SGC1500/005/MS

Job details 

Closing date:
23 Feb


Supporting documents

Please note

This job is closed for applications.

Further information

This post is restricted to permanent and temporary employees of South Gloucestershire Council.



An exciting opportunity has arisen in the Revenues & Welfare Services’ Deputyship team, to work specifically on managing the financial affairs for those people who do not have the mental of physical capacity to do so for themselves.

This will be under the general supervision of the Assistant Welfare Benefit Manager although you will also work with staff across the Revenues & Welfare Service, Finance and Children and Adults Health, including the Financial Assessment and Benefits Team.

The post holder will be primarily responsible for the managing of financial affairs for those people for whom we have been appointed Deputy or Appointee. Securing appropriate income (including State Benefits), paying all care and other bills, ensuring appropriate investments are made on behalf of clients. We administer clients’ estates in collaboration with internal and external stakeholders such as the Court of Protection, Office of Public Guardian, Utility providers, Banking organisations, Care Managers, friends and family.

The post is available as a full time, permanent position.
please submit your expression of interest by the closing date shown to hrrecruitment@southglos.gov.uk


Main Duties

Take responsibility for the management of all financial affairs for vulnerable individuals, working under minimal supervision, including the day to day reconciliation of clients’ income and expenditure.

Ensure procedures are followed to ensure that financial affairs are constantly monitored, reconciled and managed in the best interests of the service users. (includes the calculation of and raising of invoices to service users, other local authorities for their contributions to services supplied and resolving queries).

Advocate in the best interest of the client.

Make payments on behalf of the client using the councils various systems.

Maintain accurate records on service users.

Complete detailed financial information that can be used in a financial assessment and debt management.

Carry out detailed inventories of service users belongings on behalf of South Gloucestershire Council.

To act as Corporate Appointee for service users of the department to ensure that they receive their full entitlement to benefits.

To set up appropriate budgets, including income and expenditure sheets with the co-operation of the key worker and client. To ensure that suitable accounts are operated and savings levels are monitored.

To attend visits to clients, Carers, or other agencies as required. To attend Seminars or other relevant Conferences/Meetings as deemed necessary.

Administration of any house/asset sales in consultation with the Office of the Public Guardian. Arrange, and carry out with Care Managers, appropriate house clearances etc. where required.

Complete detailed annual financial reports for each individual that the authority manage, to be submitted to the Office of Public Guardian.

Selection Criteria

To enable us to shortlist in a fair and unbiased way it is absolutely vital that you provide us with sufficient information to demonstrate how you meet or exceed the criteria outlined in the vacancy description, including the knowledge, skills and experience section. Please include this information in the Expression of Interest form.


Essential

Have obtained a minimum of 5 GCSE’s (or equivalent), including Maths and English.

Be prepared to undertake the Association of Public Authority Deputies Accreditation.

Have excellent customer care skills, with an ability to communicate at all levels.

Effective written and verbal communication skills.

Have an ability to work under pressure and use own initiative to organise and prioritise own workloads.

Have the ability to demonstrate clear and logical thinking in assessing challenges and problem solving.

Be IT literate, logical, with organisational, numeracy, analytical and problem solving skills.

Be compassionate, empathetic and understanding to the needs of the client base of the service.

Experience of using modern IT systems, including Microsoft Office suite, particularly Microsoft Excel.

Desirable

Be working towards a professional/technical qualification and hold a relevant degree or equivalent qualification e.g. HNC, NVQ4 or have equivalent relevant experience

Have a basic awareness of the Mental Capacity Act 2005, the roles of the Office of the Public Guardian and ‘Deputy’ within the context of managing finances on behalf of others

Have a basic knowledge of a wide range of state benefits such as Universal Credit, Employment Support Allowance and Personal Independence Payments etc

Understanding of general Equality and Data Protection legislation

Relevant experience of working within a finance related post ideally gained working in a community care setting or an environment dealing with other people’s money/


Additional Information

For information about the job role, please contact Sally Niblett on 01454 864339 or Joanna Bright on 01454 865993.

The post holder will be based at the Badminton Road Council Offices in Yate, although homeworking will be considered.

Please note that it is a requirement of employment that you have an enhanced check with an adults’ barred list check from the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS). This means that you must declare any criminal convictions, cautions, reprimands or final warnings unless these are ‘protected’ as defined by the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) order 1975 (as amended in 2013).


Use of a vehicle

The nature of the duties require you to travel on Council business on a regular basis, so you must either have a current driving licence and provide a car, or have access to appropriate means of travel.

If you use your vehicle on authorised Council business, you will receive a mileage payment based on the Inland Revenue Authorised Mileage Allowance Payment Scheme (AMAPS). The allowance is provided on the condition that your own insurance covers you for business use and indemnifies the Council against claim (including those concerning passengers) arising out of the use of the vehicle on official business.


Salary: £28,785 to £31,371 (pro rata to hours worked)

Hours: 37

Safer Recruitment

South Gloucestershire is committed to safeguarding and promoting the safety and welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults.

Our Values

As an employee of South Gloucestershire Council you will be expected to have a ‘can-do’ attitude and adapt to the fast pace of change. You will strive to work well with others to reach a common goal and embrace a partnership and inclusive approach to delivering efficient and effective services. You will use your initiative to deliver and take responsibility for your performance to help the team, department and council to achieve its goals and make the best use of available knowledge, expertise and capacity in order to continuously improve the quality of services.

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