Department launches recruitment competition for new Discretionary Support Commissioner

Date published: 20 June 2022

The Department for Communities has launched a competition to recruit a new Discretionary Support Commissioner.

Department launches recruitment competition for new Discretionary Support Commissioner

The term of office for the incumbent Discretionary Support Commissioner ends in August 2022 with a new Commissioner to take up post from 1 September 2022.

The Commissioner is an independent statutory office holder appointed by the Department for Communities. Leading a small team of Inspectors, the Discretionary Support Commissioner is responsible for the delivery of an independent review service for people who have made a claim to Discretionary Support and are unhappy with the decision from the Department for Communities.

The Commissioner’s role is to:

  • monitor the quality of decisions of Discretionary Support Inspectors and provide advice and assistance to improve the standard of their decisions
  • arrange training of Discretionary Support Inspectors
  • carry out such other functions in connection with the work of Discretionary Support Inspectors as the Department may require.

For more detailed information and to apply, please visit nicsrecruitment

Alternatively, an application pack can be requested by contacting:

HRConnect, PO Box 1089, The Metro Building, 6-9 Donegall Square South, Belfast, BT1 9EW. Telephone: 0800 1 300 330. Email: recruitment@hrconnect

All requests must include your name, address and reference number.

Completed application forms must be returned to arrive not later than 12:00 noon (UK time) on July 8, 2022.

The Department for Communities is committed to selection on merit with independent assessments, openness and transparency of process. The Department is also committed to equality of opportunity and welcomes application forms from all suitably qualified applicants irrespective of religious belief, gender, race, political opinion, age, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or whether or not they have dependants.

The Northern Ireland Civil Service is an Equal Opportunities Employer.


Notes to editors: 

  1. The post will be held for a period of three years.
  2. The post carries a salary of £16,554 per annum (under review).
  3. The post holder will be based in Belfast and required to normally work one day per week. Hybrid working arrangements may apply.
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  5. Executive Information Service operates an out of hour’s service for media enquiries only between 1800hrs and 0800hrs Monday to Friday and at weekends and public holidays. The Duty Press Officer can be contacted on 028 9037 8110.
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