Grants Officer

Posted 08 December 2023
Salary £20 to £25 via an umbrella company
Job type Temporary
Discipline Property Management & Construction Recruitment
Contact NameAilis Reilly

Job description

We are currently working in partnership with a Local Authority based in the Midlands, who are recruiting for a Grants Officer on a temporary six-month contract. The position is due to start in January 2024. The hourly rate of pay is £20 to £25 via an umbrella company, depending upon experience

The ideal candidate must have knowledge of the grants construction act and hold a full UK Driving License.

Duties will include (but are not limited to):

  • Providing advice and casework support to elderly, vulnerable and disabled clients of the Adaptations Service who wish to undertake adaptations to their homes

  • Verifying applications – for accuracy of information, compliance with the Housing Assistance and Council Housing Adaptations Policies and DFG legislation and procedures

  • Responsible for arranging non-complex and non-technical adaptations for passported clients accessing disabled facilities grants or HRA funded adaptations (e.g., stairlifts)

  • Acting as the main point of contact between clients, contractors and professionals for each case and ensure that the client understands and is kept informed of all the procedures and practices involved in their particular circumstances

  • Carrying out the statutory means test of applicants for disabled facilities grants, using appropriate software (including MS Excel and Outlook as well as Ferret Renovator)

  • Conducting home visits to clients to identify their housing needs, to maintain regular and appropriate contact with clients during the delivery of an adaptation and to record the case outcomes and client’s satisfaction on conclusion

  • Working in consultation with occupational therapists and technical officers, identifying the most effective specification for each project having regard to the clients’ needs and cost

Skills, knowledge and expertise required:

  • A good understanding of disabled adaptations and the requirements of disabled people in relation to access to and around the home

  • An understanding of hazards to health arising from poor housing conditions

  • A good understanding of the legislation underpinning the delivery of disabled adaptations and home improvements

  • An excellent understanding of the support services provided to disabled and older people by other statutory bodies and voluntary agencies

  • A good understanding of the welfare benefits system

  • An excellent understanding of the Housing Grants, Construction and Regeneration Act 1996

  • A good understanding of the difference between general fund and housing revenue account budgets

  • The ability to analyse information relating to performance, draw conclusions based on the evidence and to challenge effectively in order to bring about improvements

  • Full driving licence – this post attracts an Essential Car User Allowance

Working hours:

  • 37 hours per week

  • Monday to Friday

Please note that you require recent experience to apply for this role.

James Andrews is acting as an employment agency and business in relation to this role.

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