Purpose of the Post
The programme of welfare reform currently being undertaken by the UK Government is a complex, non-devolved policy area involving whole-scale reform of the welfare benefits system across the UK
Amongst other reforms, the current focus revolves around the implementation of Universal Credit scheduled until 2022, ongoing changes to housing benefit legislation, , devolved Local Taxation matters and the evolving landscape of Local Authority Funding. Reform of this scale presents huge risks and challenges in ensuring that the most vulnerable people in our society are adequately provided for. It also impacts upon a range of devolved policy areas including housing and homelessness prevention, social inclusion, social justice and child poverty.
The purpose of this post is to:
- support local authorities in preparation for the implementation of Universal Credit Full Service,
- support local authorities to manage changes to their workforce to enable them to fulfil their obligations under their partnership arrangements for Universal Credit ensure that local authorities are kept up to date with the full range of welfare reforms being introduced and their potential impact on local authorities, their staff and communities
- support and enable authorities to prepare for the changes and as far as is practicable, take positive steps to mitigate any negative impacts.
- To be the lead contact for Local Authorities on all matters relating to Revenues & Benefits