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South West Councils brings local authorities together to ensure the best deal for their areas and has extensive experience of providing both employment support and training opportunities for local government staff...

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Epaycheck: National Pay Benchmarking Service

 Epaycheck is the national online pay benchmarking service developed for local government by local government.  It enables participating councils to share and compare pay and reward data for all Chief Officer roles and a range of other job families of sector-wide interest.  

Focused reports are produced periodically using data from Epaycheck.  These reports are available at no additional cost to authorities subscribing to the service, the annual subscription fee for which is currently a modest £200. 

Epaycheck Data Report
In September 2018 a report has been published entitled ‘Planning Roles: Pay, recruitment and retention’, responding to ongoing concerns about difficulty in recruiting and retaining planners. The report identifies variation in pay across the regions, explores recruitment and retention ratings and provides trend data on pay increases over recent years. 

We hope that this report demonstrates the value, quantity and depth of the data available on Epaycheck.  Users in subscribing organisations can also log in to Epaycheck to access all the information in ‘real time’, including new pre-set public reports providing full data on each job family at the touch of a button. 

For further information on the Epaycheck system please click here.  For any queries about the report or any aspect of Epaycheck, please contact your Regional Administrator, michele.evans@swcouncils.gov.uk.



SW Coaching and Mentoring PoolAssociation for Coaching

South West Coaching and Mentoring Pool


The South West Coaching and Mentoring Pool

Coaching is an increasingly strong feature of organisational strategies and change programmes, to support this work we have established the South West Coaching Pool to help organisations build internal coaching capacity, to access cost effective CPD and supervision and to enable managers to access coaches from other partner organisations at low cost with a range of different experience and expertise.


 Coaching Pool

Why join the Pool?

An individual can join the Pool and receive CPD Supervision benefits

An organisation joining the Pool will be able to:

  • Access free coaching for at least* 4 people worth around £1000 per person**
  • Support the ongoing development and supervision  of your coaches
  • Access an online Coaching Management System to manage activity and evaluate impacts
  • Work with other Pool organisations to share ideas and best practice
  • Access discounted qualification training
  • Make significant cost savings

* Subject to availability unlimited coaching is available **Figures based on industry average costs. .

 Comments on the Pool from participants:

"The Pool is an excellent resource”    

“Very positive, I gained much from the opportunity ”                   

       "[Coaching] has given me confidence to try ideas and provide solutions and - hopefully – have helped the organisation move forward

Coaching Benefits

For further information on how the Pool works

 Fees from 1 April 2018


South West  Councils Member Organisations

South West Councils Associate Member Organisation

Not for Profit Organisations

Pool membership and Enhanced* membership for 2 coaches.



£750 pa 


£950 pa



£1,400 pa


Additional Coach Membership

£99 pa per additional coach or

Individual CPD Membership  

£145 pa per coach

All prices are subject to VAT. 


Membership includes:  one free place* at either the Annual CPD Conference or Master Class Day and then £45 for the other event
(* free place subject to booking 6 weeks in advance) ; 
membership of the Association For Coaching and free access to AC phone supervision sessions; access to Pool Library of resources and access to CPD workshops  and 1:1 Supervision at discounted rate.

Other organisations or Independent coaches should contact South West Councils to discuss the opportunities for membership of the Pool



Training Prices for Coaching 


South West  Councils Member

Not for Profit Organisations

ILM Level 5






£1,195 per person

(Non Coaching Pool organisation £1,395)



£1,495 per person

(Non Coaching Pool organisation £1,795)



ILM Level 7



(Non Coaching Pool organisation £2,050)


 £1,950 per person

(Non Coaching Pool organisation £2,150)


Documents & Links

ILM Level 7 Certificate Outline

ILM Level 5 Certificate Outline

ILM Level 3 Certificate Outline

ILM Level 7 Coaching Supervision Outline

Code of Conduct

Annual Coaching and Mentoring Conference Video