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 .....


Climate Change - It's no joke!


SWRA/03.07/132        6 March 2007 

Friday 16 March 2007 may be Comic Relief Day, but the Members of the South West Regional Assembly will be debating a topic that is no laughing matter - Climate Change.

Joining Assembly Members from across the South West will be a panel of experts on Climate Change, which will include Minister of State, Ben Bradshaw MP, who will also be addressing the meeting.

Assembly Members will signal their commitment to this issue and formally make combating climate change the cornerstone of the South West Regional Assembly's work, by signing up to a regional version of The Nottingham Declaration on Climate Change on the day.

The meeting of the full South West Regional Assembly, held in the Council Chamber at Devon County Council in Exeter, will be split into two parts, with climate change as the main topic of debate.

Assembly meetings are open to the public. The public gallery opens ahead of the 10.45am start, with seating allocated on a first come first served basis.

The meeting agenda and all the related papers are available on the South West Regional Assembly's website www.southwest-ra.gov.uk


Notes to Editors:

The Full Assembly Meeting on Friday 16 March 2007 starts at 10.45am, in the Council Chamber at County Hall, Topsham Road, Exeter.

The meeting opens with the standard items of business, there will then be a break in the proceedings before the second part of meeting, which is dedicated to Climate Change.

Exact timings and photocall information will be issued nearer the date of the meeting.

The panel currently consists of:
Ben Bradshaw MP
Richard Cresswell, Regional Director, Environment Agency
Alan Davies, Head of Planning and Development, Bristol International Airport
Sarah Hendel-Blackford, Manager, South West Climate Change Partnership
Julian Brooks, Sustainable Construction.

Ben Bradshaw MP is The Minister of State for Local Environment, Marine and Animal Welfare and Labour Member of Parliament for Exeter. Also expected at the meeting are two of the region's MEPs, Neil Parish and Caroline Jackson, and the MP for Bournemouth East, Tobias Ellwood.

Originally designed for individual Local Authorities, The Nottingham Declaration on Climate Change will be amended for the South West region.

The Nottingham Declaration on Climate Change is a voluntary pledge to address the issues of climate change. It represents a high-level, broad statement of commitment that any council can make to its own community. The declaration was originally launched in October 2000 at a conference in Nottingham with 200 leaders, chief executives and senior managers of UK local government.

A list of Assembly Members is available from:

Members of the press are invited to attend all public Assembly events and will be offered interview, filming and reporting opportunities whenever possible* please contact the Press Office regarding any specific requests.

* The Assembly supports the Ofcom Code and Guidelines on broadcasting standards and endorses the provisions in Section Two. 

For more information regarding this press notice please contact either:

Laura Bridger, Communications Officer:
01823 425267 laura.bridger@southwest-ra.gov.uk

Drew Aspinwall, Principal Officer: Communications & Marketing:
01823 425265/07841 21468  drew.aspinwall@southwest-ra.gov.uk