About the Role
Universal Credit (UC) is the fastest growing advice issue for the Citizens Advice service and improving the support available to people making a claim is vital. Our Help to Claim service guides people through the claims process - this will include identifying suitability, helping clients to start their claim and providing support to their first payment.
Citizens Advice Liverpool is looking to recruit Help to Claim advisers with knowledge and experience of welfare benefits to join their team.
The successful candidates will provide end to end telephone, web chat and video support for Universal Credit claimants. Your understanding of legacy benefits will enable you to check whether a client would be better off on Universal Credit, and you will be confident in your ICT skills to support clients in making their claim
You’ll have the ability to interview clients using sensitive listening and questioning skills to get to the root of the issues and empower clients, whilst maintaining structure and control of meetings, as well as a commitment to the aims and principles of the Citizens Advice Service.
1. Knowledge and experience of the benefits systems, including experience of carrying out accurate benefit check calculations in a professional setting
2. Basic knowledge of multiple enquiry areas to aid with identifying emergencies and making referrals where appropriate
3. Experience of providing advice through telephone and web chat
4. Ability to use sensitive listening and questioning skills to get to the root of the issues and empower clients, whilst maintaining structure and control of meetings with them
5. Ability to interpret complex information and convey it in a way that is understandable to clients.
6. Good ICT knowledge with an ability to support clients with their online claim application
7. Ability to develop and maintain positive working relationships with a range of partnership organisations to reach Universal Credit claimants.
8. Assist with research and campaigns works by providing information about clients’ circumstances
9. Understanding of and commitment to the aims and principles of the Citizens Advice service and its equal opportunities policies.
10. Ability to meet high targets and excel against objectives.
11. Ability and willingness to work both on own initiative and as part of a team.
12. Flexibility for home working and working from a number of locations across Liverpool between 8am-6pm during the course of the week.
Citizens Advice Liverpool is Liverpool’s leading provider of advice and advocacy services. We are a local, independent charity and our services are free, confidential and impartial.