Wanted: Discretionary Support Commissioner

As part of the forthcoming changes to the welfare system, Community Care Grants and Crisis Loans for household items and living costs will be replaced by a new type of help called Discretionary Support. As part of this change, the Department for Communities is seeking to appoint a Discretionary Support Commissioner who will be an independent, statutory office holder appointed by the Minister.

Located in Belfast, the Office of the Discretionary Support Commissioner is being established to provide an independent review of decisions made by the Department for Communities in respect of applications for Discretionary Support.  The Commissioner will appoint a team of Inspectors and a small administrative team.  The Department for Communities will remunerate the Commissioner and pay the salaries of staff and expenses incurred in exercising their duties.    Ref:   IRC209274

Salary: £16,554

Time Commitment: Normally 1 day per week.

Department: Department for Communities

Location:  Belfast

Further appointments may be made from this competition should NICS positions become vacant which have similar duties and responsibilities.

For more detailed information and to apply, please go to www.nicsrecruitment.gov.uk

Alternatively, an application pack can be requested by contacting:

HRConnect, PO Box 1089, The Metro Building, 6-9 Donegall Square South, Belfast, BT1 9EW. Telephone: 0800 1 300 330. Email: recruitment@hrconnect.nigov.net

All requests must include your name, address and reference number IRC209274.

 Completed application forms must be returned to arrive not later than 12:00 noon (UK time) on Friday 3rd June 2016.

 The Department for Communities is committed to selection on merit with independent assessments, openness and transparency of process. The Department is also committed to equality of opportunity and welcomes application forms from all suitably qualified applicants irrespective of religious belief, gender, race, political opinion, age, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or whether or not they have dependents.

The Northern Ireland Civil Service is an Equal Opportunities Employer.