Technical Officer (Disabled Facilities Grants)

Posted 02 April 2024
Salary £18 - 25 per hour
Job type Contract - Full Time
Job duration5 Months
Discipline Property
Contact NameRyan Hamlett

Job description

Exciting New role with Swale Council as a DFG Technical Officer!
Rate: Negotiable
Duration: 5 months minimum
Hours: 34 per week
Inside IR35
PURPOSE OF JOB: To manage and process  applications for all types of grants and loans offered by the Council in relation to housing. Provide technical advice in relation to building work to Staying Put and housing enforcement officers. Inspect properties and determin options and costs for disabled adaptions and repair.
To undertake surveys and joint visits with Occupational health staff of dwellings in response to applications for Disabled Facilities and other forms of housing grant assistance and determine most appropriate and cost effective options.
To produce detailed accurately measured schedules of works and small-scale design and drawing of sufficient quality that the applicant's chosen contractors are able to accurately and competitively estimate the cost of the grant-aided works.
Using the Council's approved Schedule of Rates and builder's estimates supplied by the applicant, to accurately determine the eligible expense of the grant aided works.
To carry out site inspections whilst works are in progress, and following completion of works to ensure that all works completed are of the correct quantity and are of the quality demanded by the Council
Calculate payments of grant and prepare payments and completion certificates for authorisation
Quantify works carried out, and any additional, unforeseen works that may be necessary to meet with the objectives of the grant and to recommend approval, where appropriate, of variations up to a limit of the maximum grant and to advise the Manager/ Officers of instances where this limit is likely to be exceeded.
To provide, throughout the grant process, appropriate and accurate information and advice to applicants and their agents regarding their rights and responsibilities under grant legislation and associated Council policies and procedures. Liaise with the applicants chosen architect in order to ensure that the objectives and limits of grant aid are considered when plans are drawn.
To liaise with officers from other disciplines, e.g. Occupational Therapists, Planning and Building Control Officers and to have regard to their requirements in designing the schedule of works.
To provide technical assistance to the Staying put service and housing enforcement officers, and to undertake inspections of properties other than those associated with DFG when needed.
To have an understanding of Protection of Vulnerable Persons issues and also make referrals.
To undertake other relevant duties this may from time to time be required by management.
To maintain adequate and proper records of work carried out using the Council's manual and IT based systems.
To adhere to the principles of the Corporate Equality Policy and ensure commitment to anti discriminatory practice.
To Carry out duties and responsibilities in accordance with the Council's Health & Safety Policy and relevant Health & Safety legislation.
To ensure that all duties are undertaken with due regard and compliance with the Data Protection Act and other legislation.
To undertake other duties as directed by the housing team manager.
§Commitment to the Council's Strategic Plan
§To undertake any training and development as required
§To comply fully with the Council's Equal Opportunity Policy
§To comply fully with the Council's Health and Safety at Work Policy
§To assist as required in the Council's Emergency Plan
§To comply fully with the Council's IT Security Policy
§To undertake other duties commensurate with the grade of the post
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