Coaching Pool

Coaching PoolWith coaching programmes featuring strongly in organisational strategies and change programmes, we have qualified and experienced coaches, who can provide individual coaching packages but we have also established the South West Coaching Pool to help organisations build internal coaching capacity and to enable managers to access coaches from other partner organisations with a range of different experience and expertise. 

Coaching Flyer 2014

For more information click here


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

South West Councils News
Bringing together news and information from across local government in the region.

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Working for the South West
Click here for more information on our collaborative working for the South West.


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.


HR and Employment Services

South West Councils handle thousands of queries every year from local government employers and other Associate member organisations. This means that we have an unrivalled grasp of issues affecting local government at both national and local level.

Because all our team members are professionally qualified experienced specialists, we bring a wealth of expertise to bear on the issues facing Local Authorities.

We work at all levels with both Elected Members and Officers to clarify and resolve confidential personnel issues, as well as providing day-to-day advice on routine HR matters.


Employment Advice Hotline

An office hours service providing expert advice and support on issues including:

  • Performance and conduct issues
  • Employment law and tribunals
  • Pay and grading
  • Staffing and structure reviews
  • Job evaluation
  • Managing redundancy


Employment Consultancy Service

We offer confidential advice on salary levels, terms and conditions, termination agreements.  Independent support for Appraisal of Chief Executives.  Supporting development of new political arrangements such as Joint Chief Executive and Shared Management Teams.



Recruitment, Selection and Retention 

We offer expert advice on recruitment advertising; salary setting; management of assessment centres; psychometric testing.


Job Evaluation / Pay and Grading Consultancy

We are experts in the use of the national Joint Council (NJC) and greater London Provincial Council (GLPC) job evaluation schemes.  We offer specific training, independent technical advice and best practice associated with local government pay and grading reviews.


Disciplinary Investigations

We offer independent investigations, advising at disciplinary or grievance hearings and representing employers at Employment Tribunals.



We offer a mediation service to aid the resolution of complex issues. We can also support authorities to design and implement an in-house mediation strategy.



National Pay and Pensions Negotiations

South West Councils represent the South West on the National Association of Regional Employers, who role is to act as a sounding board and conduit for the Local Government Employers on national pay and pensions issues.

South West Councils also forms the Employers' side of the Regional Joint Consultative and Negotiating Body, the South West Provincial Council. 


Policy Development and Review

We offer a service to create new policies or assess existing policies to ensure compliance and currency.


Conferences, Events and Networks 

We offer a range of topical conferences, events and networks to meet the changing needs of the local government community and promote the sharing of good practice.