HR and Employment Services

South West Councils has extensive experience of providing employment support.
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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 here.

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.
RMC Jan 2014



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. 




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

Update on Syrian Refugee Resettlement
The South West Strategic Migration Partnership is working with the Home Office, LGA, local authorities and other key stakeholders to put in place the arrangements to house and support refugees as the process emerges. The Migration pages will be updated as we progress.  Information is also available on the LGA website Refugees | Local Government Association

Update on Devolution
Cllr John Hart, Chair of South West Councils, has welcomed the devolution proposals submitted by local authorities across the South West:

once again South West Local Authorities have shown themselves ready for change and increased responsibility for shaping the future. The various proposals put into Government by our local authorities demonstrate that we are prepared to step up to the challenges ahead and want a new relationship with Government increasing our  ability to deliver more effectively for the people of the South West.  South West Councils Leaders  will be looking at the scope for wider  collaboratively working  across the South West in the coming weeks and will be debating the issues at our next meeting in November

Last chance to book:

Taunton's PA Conference - 13 October 2015
Holiday Inn, Taunton (just off JCT 25 of the M5)

Book your places now before you miss out.

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