HR and Employment Services

South West Councils has extensive experience of providing employment support.Leaflet image

Our team of professionally qualified and experienced specialists offer high quality independent Employment Advice free to member organisations including:

 We also provide consultancy (at discounted rates to member organisations) on:

Our services are summarised in a leaflet which can be downloaded Leaflet.

Members and Meetings

South West Councils: Working for the South West

South West Councils
Bringing together local authority Leaders from the County, Unitary and District councils in the South West.

Asylum and Migration in the South West


Epaycheck: National Pay Benchmarking Service

Logo Small A secure pay benchmarking facility, developed for the public sector by the public sector. Launched to local authorities across the country in 2012, the service has already attracted more than half of our councils to register for this data sharing service.

Epaycheck is delivered through a nationwide network of Regional Employers' Organisations who provide the front end service in their localities and actively work with their users to collect, monitor and quality assure the data available to report against.

Senior Pay Executive Summary

The executive summary of a review of chief executive and chief officer roles, released on 4th September, is available on our website.  The full report to assist in decision-making, benchmarking, policy development and workforce planning will be available to Epaycheck subscribers shortly.

For more information on Epaycheck .....


Disclosure Barring Online Service

This Service provides a secure online environment with our partners NEREO, to provide a speedy, economical and high quality DBS service based on absolute accuracy and efficiency that will enhance your safeguarding process.

Online DBS enables organisations with a legitimate requirement to ask individuals to apply for disclosures, to gain access top this information quickly and efficiently.

Online Disclosure and Barring System



Learning and Development Services


South West Councils is a long established training provider for local government
staff and Councillors but also more widely to the rest of the public sector,
not-for-profit organisations and the private sector.  Feedback from participants indicates at least an 98% satisfaction rate.

Our team of professionally qualified and experienced specialists offer the following learning and development opportunities but we are always interested in developing new products or tailoring content to meet our customers' requirments and your learning objectives.  Please contact us here.

Most of our events can be delivered on an in-house basis. We will deliver courses on your premises for your staff, or for groups from collaborating organisations.  Our Services are summarised in a leaflet which can be downloaded here.

Full training events schedule

Members and Meetings

Councillor Development

CfMD LogoSouth West Charter for Member Development

The Charter for Member Development supports Councils to adopt a structured approach to councillor development and support, and to building elected Member capacity, which is essential for any council dedicated to meeting the needs of its community.

Community LeadershipCommunity Leadership Awards have been designed specifically for Councillors and other Community Leaders:
For more information, click here or call 01823 270101


Room Hire

Looking for a town centre location for a meeting?Rooms to Hire at Dennett House

Meeting rooms at Dennett House are now available to hire.

Hire includes some free Car Parking and tea and coffee refreshments.  Lunch is available on request. 

To find out more click here. 




LGA Statement on 'leave' vote in EU referendum

The Local Government Association have issued a statement on the 'leave' vote in EU referendum, read here.

SW Councils launches new PA/EA network
13 July 2016 at 4.45pm

Great free CPD and networking opportunity, book now.

Job Opportunities
Communications and Administrative Assistant
£17,891- £19,939
37 hours
Based in central Taunton
South West Councils is looking for someone to provide communications and administrative support to officers and Members of the organisation.

Invitation to Tender

East Midlands and South West Councils are seeking to award a two (2) year contract with an option for up to three (3) 12 month extensions, for the supply and license of a jobs board for partner organisations to advertise employment opportunities. 

SW Coaching and Mentoring Pool

There are 34 organisations in the Pool making use of reciprocal  coaching. If you would like to find out more read here.
Book now for our Coaching Conference on 5th July 2016.  Pool coaches, you must book.  Do not assume a place will be available for you.

Essential Skills for the 21st Century Councillor
15 July 2016
The Holiday Inn, Taunton
Great sessions to chose from, don't miss it book early

South West Councils News
The latest news and information from across local government in the region.

For latest press release, click here...

View latest Newsletter here

SW Councils' Blog


A new reality for coaching?

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“The whole process of using avatar coaching was just amazing.”

The concept of avatar, or Virtual Reality (VR) coaching intrigued me so......

Read here