About Watford Borough Council
Watford is an urban borough in South West Hertfordshire; The borough has excellent transport links with mainline rail connections to London. Watford is the centre of a sub-region serving around 500,000 people living within a 20 minute travelling time catchment. As part of the London commuter belt, Watford is strongly influenced by London which brings the benefits of a buoyant economy.
At a glance:
- £1.4bn local investment happening – mix of public and private funding
- 5 major development and regeneration projects happening
- 3,500 registered businesses
- Higher than average working age population
- Skilled workforce
- Affordable local housing market
- Home to many major international head offices
The Housing Department was restructured in 2017 in preparation for the introduction of the new Homelessness Reduction Act in April 2018. There are two operational teams, The Housing Solutions Team, which this role sits within and The Housing Property Team. We recently achieved the NPSS Bronze Award and are striving to improve further!
The Housing Caseworker will assist in managing demand for the council’s housing services. This will be done by managing expectations while offering advice and assistance to members of the public to proactively retain their existing accommodation or access the full range of alternative housing options which may be available to them across all tenures.
This role will act as a caseworker to clients who approach the council with a housing need. The Housing Caseworker will provide advice and assistance to help the client resolve their housing issues through the production of a personal housing plan which may address wider issues than their housing needs and could involve referrals to other agencies.
What we are looking for:
- Experience and working knowledge of the Homelessness Reduction Act 2017, associated legislations and housing options
- High levels of persuasion and negotiation skills
- Experience of working in a customer-facing environment
- Experience of working as a Housing Caseworker
What we offer:
We offer an excellent benefits package including competitive salary, 28 days’ holiday - rising to 33 days, a generous employer contribution pension scheme, flexible working, career development, season ticket loan, cycle-to-work scheme, discounted leisure centre membership, employee volunteering schemes and access to Edenred branded shopping discounts platform and discounted activities and days out.
For an informal discussion, please contact Josie Oshisanya, Housing Solutions Manager.
Closing date: 26th July 2021
A basic DBS check will be carried out for this post.
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