Job Description Are you looking for an exciting, fast-paced role working in a team that has a key role in upcoming fiscal events, managing public finances and help shape HMT’s high-profile work on Universal Credit that supports the income of around 6 million households in Great Britain? If so, we’d love to hear from you!
About the Team
The Personal Tax, Welfare and Pensions Group works to create a tax and welfare system which supports the government’s goals of deficit reduction, economic growth, and fairness. In doing so, we look after high profile areas including personal taxes, labour markets, welfare, tax administration, pensions, and savings. We also coordinate spending controls for both HM Revenue & Customs and the Department for Work and Pensions. The Group also has a wider role to assess the overall impact of changes made to taxes and benefit on households across the UK.
Our work means that we are often at the centre of ministers’ decision making, and we play an important part in the Budget and the Spending Review. Our group works closely with colleagues at HMRC, DWP and the Prime Minister’s office, and with a wide variety of external stakeholders.
About the Job
In this role, you will work within the Welfare Spending and Reform team (WSR) which is a friendly, inclusive, and hard-working team of 17 people from a diverse range of backgrounds from both within and outside of government. We are responsible for the Treasury’s overall welfare spending and strategy, and for ensuring that spending is sustainable and meets the government’s wider objectives.
The team acts as the spending team for the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP), which makes up nearly 25% of all government expenditure, and lead on high-profile and complex policy and spending priorities for working age benefits, including tax credits, child benefit, disability benefits, Housing Benefit and Universal Credit. The team has also led on policies directly responding to the Covid-19 pandemic and the cost of living, including the recent Cost of Living Payment for those receiving benefits.
We have an excellent team spirit and are committed to diversity, inclusion, and personal development.
The role sits in the Universal Credit branch within WSR. Universal Credit is the government’s flagship reform to the benefits system and currently supports the income of almost 6 million households in Great Britain. Working on this in HM Treasury puts you at the heart of policy and spending decisions that affect the living standards of a large part of our population.
The post is an opportunity to get to know a wide range of policy and delivery aspects of a major government reform and, in doing so, work in close collaboration with colleagues across HMT and DWP.
Key accountabilities include;
Overseeing DWP’s spending on Universal Credit, including scrutinising and approving spending, and ensuring that DWP deliver value for money and improved employment outcomes.
Driving forward HMT’s wider approach to Universal Credit policy – working across HMT and Whitehall to establish how Government can continue to support Universal Credit claimants into employment or progress through work, looking at the full range of levers across the system.
Work closely with DWP colleagues to track programme performance and manage fiscal risks across Universal Credit, including a pipeline of legal cases and specific policy issues that crop up. The post-holder will identify and clearly communicate risks and mitigation options to ministers and senior officials.
Leading stakeholder engagement with public and private sector various who have an interest in Universal Credit. This involves monitoring reports and commentary on the welfare system, and leading meetings with key stakeholders to discuss their views on Universal Credit.
Advising ministers and senior civil servants on policy options and risks across the postholder’s policy areas, including both written and verbal briefings.
We are not looking for a particular type of person and would strongly encourage anybody interested in working in the Treasury, on disability, welfare or labour markets policy. Whilst not essential, we would especially encourage applications from individuals who have experience working in the welfare system (whether in operational, policy, finance, analytical or other roles).
You will be able to analyse and use relevant, credible information from internal and external sources to support decisions; be able to work independently and proactively, and to handle a full workload delivering to short timescales as well as being able to work collectively with others, including those in other organisations, to build strong working relationships and deliver joint objectives.
HM Treasury is proud of a diverse and inclusive work environment, committed to fairness and the promotion of equality of opportunity for all. We know that having a range of experiences, ways of working and thinking makes us a stronger organisation, better at developing policy that is reflective of the communities we serve. We embrace different views and experiences and value the fresh perspective that people from a variety of circumstances bring to the work we do. We welcome applications from candidates who have not previously worked for the Civil Service, mid- and late-career changers with transferrable skills, people from all backgrounds and circumstances regardless of disability, ethnicity, LGBT+ identity and socio-economic status.
Some of the Benefits our people love!
25 days annual leave (rising to 30 after 5 years), plus 8 public holidays and the King’s birthday (unless you have a legacy arrangement as an existing Civil Servant). Additionally, we operate flexitime systems, allowing employees to take up to an additional 2 days off each month
Flexible working patterns (part-time, job-share, condensed hours)
Generous parental and adoption leave packages
Access to a generous Defined Benefit pension scheme with employer contributions of 27%
Access to a cycle-to-work salary sacrifice scheme and season ticket advances
A range of active staff networks, based around interests (e.g. analysts, music society, sports and social club) and diversity (e.g. women in the Treasury, ethnic minority network, LGBT* network, faith and belief network)
For more information about the role and how to apply, please follow the apply link.
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