Work for CPAG

Welfare Rights Adviser – Tackling child poverty in London schools

35 hours per week

Salary £32,396 - £35,806 pro rata for a 6 month post

Temporary post – 6 month contract (June to November 2019)

CPAG is looking for an experienced welfare rights adviser to join our exciting new Tackling Child Poverty in London Schools project. The project, which is commissioned by the Greater London Authority, will pilot a range of new extended school initiatives in several London schools to tackle child poverty, including maximising income through the provision of welfare rights advice and representation.

We are looking for an adviser with a comprehensive knowledge of benefits and tax credits and significant experience of delivering welfare rights advice and representation. You will work independently in a number of London schools to deliver information sessions and welfare rights advice services to parents, guardians and pupils, including representation at social security tribunals. 

Experience of advising on benefits for children and parents and delivering talks and training on benefits and tax credit matters would be an advantage.

This is an ideal opportunity to contribute to the planning and delivery of this exciting new project, right from the start. The post holder will assist in drawing conclusions on the effectiveness of welfare rights advice provision in school settings and shape practice and recommendations in this area.

The post is ideally suited to someone looking to gain valuable experience as part of a nationally recognised expert welfare rights team, and is potentially available on a secondment basis. 

For more information and to apply, download this information pack and application form.

Closing date for applications is 9am on Thursday 9 May 2019

Cost of the School Day Information Officer

28 hours per week

Salary 0.8 FTE £28,986

This post is currently funded until end of March 2020

This is an exciting opportunity to help ensure all childre, including those from low income households, are able to fully participate at school. You will develop Cost of the School Day communications, practice gathering and monitoring and evaluation functions, ensuring that learning from our work in schools is shared effectively and that we have a clear understanding of reach impact and further need.

We are looking for somebody with experience in transforming project learning into useful and accessible communications which motivate practitioners to take action. You will have experience in developing communications in a variety of formats and the skills to work with project partners to identify practice which promotes equity and removes cost barriers to full participation at school. You will also have the skills needed to help us develop and implement systems which monitor the reach and impact of Cost of the School Day activity across Scotland.

For more information and to apply, download this information pack and application form.

Closing date for applications is 9am on Thursday 18 April 2019

Interviews will be held in Glasgow on Monday 29 April 2019

Opportunities to join our Board

CPAG has for more than 50 years been the leading charity campaigning for the end of child poverty in the UK. We make a difference: empowering families with the right advice, influencing the policy debate – especially to reform Universal Credit - combatting unfair social security legislation in the courts and standing up for families and children in the media.

A combination of factors including a sustained assault on our benefits system, means child poverty is forecast to rise sharply. Now you have the chance to support the dedicated people who work for CPAG to stay at the cutting edge of campaigning, playing your part in the struggle to end child poverty in the UK. We need to arm our Trustee Board with the very best skills, in digital publishing, campaigning, policy making and the benefits system. We are looking for three people to join the board.

CPAG’s activities include: policy and research, campaigning, lobbying and media work, welfare rights advice and legal test case work. We are the largest provider of information and training to welfare rights advisers and the most enduring campaigners for a more progressive approach to social security.

We are open to applicants from the private, public and voluntary sectors, and to those in executive roles seeking their first Trustee role as well as to experienced Trustees who have the required expertise. We wish to increase the diversity of our board.

CPAG is strongly represented in Scotland and our Board includes a Trustee with specific Scottish experience and insight. As the Scottish regime begins to diverge from that in the rest of UK, we would welcome applicants based in Scotland with the requisite skills and experience.

For more information and to apply download this information pack and application form.

Closing date for applications is 5pm on 12 April 2019.


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