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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

 
 

 

Archived News, Publications & Press Releases June 2006 - Dec 2007

December 2007

Assembly’s Demands are Met - Region benefits as Government increases housing funding
Lobbying work by the Regional Assembly has resulted in the Government increasing its previously announced allocation of housing money for the region from £789m to £812m over the next three years - an increase of £23m…

Regional Alarm as Stonehenge By-Pass Scrapped
The Regional Assembly and South West of England Regional Development Agency are alarmed that proposals to tackle congestion on the A303 by digging a by-pass tunnel at Stonehenge were thrown out by Government...

November 2007

Ensuring South West Councils Get The Best Deal
£5m a year for improving councils, funding for a new travel scheme, and new responsibilities for Local Authorities are topics high on the agenda at a meeting of the South West's leading councillors this week...

Tidal Wave of South West Action on Climate Change Revealed
A new South West survey reveals a massive surge in community activity across the region to meet the challenge of climate change...

Economic Development in the Spotlight 
Driving forward the development of local economies in the region will be the topic of discussion at a meeting between two regional organisations on 13 November.

October 2007

Daylight Robbery? SWLGA Call for Daylight Savings Debate
With the clocks having gone back an hour at the weekend, the SWLGA is calling on the Government to renew the debate on whether to adopt a system which would mean lighter evenings throughout the year...

Government hears region’s call for more money for affordable housing
The Assembly has welcomed the Government announcement that it will be allocating £789m for housing in the region...

South West gets a ticket to ride - Government hears region’s call for change to free bus travel funding
SWLGA is delighted to announce that Government has listened to the region’s call for a change to funding support for a free bus travel scheme...

Facing the Region: Regional Minister to address Assembly Meeting
Ben Bradshaw MP will be taking questions from Members when he attends the Regional Assembly meeting in Exeter on Friday 19 October...

Assembly Examines Recipe for South West Economic Success
The way economic development is driven forward in the South West will be the topic of discussion at a regional workshop tomorrow (Tuesday 9 October 2007)...

What you need to know about - Sub National Review of Economic Development and Regeneration (SNR)Government announced the initial outcomes from the Sub-National Review of Economic Development and Regeneration in July 2007...

September 2007

 

Local Government Pay Deal - Update
Local Government workers in the T&G section of Unite have voted to accept the revised pay deal worth just under 2.5%...

Time is running out - Have your say on Gypsy and Traveller pitch numbers for the South West
It’s not too late for you to have your say on numbers of additional pitches to be provided for Gypsies and Travellers, as the South West reaches the halfway point of a 12 week consultation period...

Local Authorities Working Together with the Minister for the South West 
Ben Bradshaw, Minister for the South West, will be meeting with Leaders of the Regional Assembly and South West Local Government Association on 21 September to discuss how they can work together regionally...

South West Visit for Affordable Housing Academic
Eminent Housing academic, Professor Glen Bramley, will be visiting the South West to hear first hand about the affordable housing problems facing people in the region...

 

 

August 2007

Zero Carbon Conference
The Genesis Centre in Taunton will be the venue for a conference, on 26 September 2007, that will clarify the meaning of "Zero Carbon Development".

Mendip District Council - Seeking Your Views on Gypsies and Travellers
The local community in Mendip are being asked by their Council for their views on future pitches...

Assembly meets Minister on Local Transport Issues
Transport Minister Rosie Winterton met with representatives of the Regional Assembly today (22 August 2007) as part of the consultation on the Government's draft Local Transport Bill...

Fares Fair on the Buses?Councils in the South West are delighted that a free travel scheme for the over 60s and the disabled has proved so popular...

Gypsy and Traveller Pitch Consultation Starts 
A 12 week consultation on proposals for additional pitch provision for Gypsies and Travellers in the South West opened on 8 August 2007...

New Chair of Regional Planning Group
Swindon Conservative Cllr Mike Bawden has been nominated Chair of SWRA's new Regional Planning Group...

July 2007

Campaign helps future regional rail connections Rail connections to and from the South West are to receive a boost following the Government announcement that improvements will be made at Reading station...

SW LGA Statement on Unitary Announcement
The South West Local Government Association (SW LGA) has issued the following statement in light of the announcement regarding Council bids for Unitary Status...

Statement from  Assembly Leaders
The Government has now announced its plans for reform of regional governance arrangements, with the publication of its Treasury led Sub-National Review.  The report proposes changes which will affect the future role of the Assembly... 

Assembly Welcomes Recognition of Importance of Regional Working 
Following the publication of the Government’s review of Sub-National Economic Development and Regeneration Report, SWRA has welcomed the emphasis on regional working and decision making contained in the recommendations...

New Powers for Councils
The SWLGA has welcomed the new powers for councils announced by Government in its Review of Sub National Economic Development...


 

Statement on Expected Announcement on Comprehensive Spending Review Sub National Economic Development and Regeneration Review
We await the formal announcement from Government...

Championing Communities: First Conference for Elected Member Champions
Councillors from across the country will have the opportunity to explore the potential of what the Elected Member Champion role could do for their Authority, at the first Annual Conference dedicated to Member Champions...

Integration in Practice
The Integrated Regional Strategy (IRS), Just Connect!, outlines five headline aims for the region, to be pursued through partnership working and strategy alignment. But what does this mean in Practice?

Last Week for Examination into South West’s Long Term Plan
During the final week of the examination into the South West’s long term plan, matters discussed will include waste, employment land, retail, tourism, delivery and monitoring...

June 2007

Minimising Environmental Impact, Maximising Energy Efficiency:
New Online Sustainability Checklist for Buildings tells you how...

South West Housing: Moving in the Right Direction
Following the Assembly’s recommendation to Government that 79% of the South West's housing money should be allocated for new affordable homes over the next three years, the first Monitoring Report on housing in the South West is now available on-line...

Focus on Transport, Affordable Housing and Flood Risk
Transport, affordable housing, the density of future housing, flood risk, plus energy and renewable targets will be discussed this week at the examination into the South West’s long term plan...

New Chairs take their seats at South West LGA 
South Gloucestershire Labour Councillor, Roger Hutchinson was appointed as SW LGA Chair, taking over from Cllr Ron Parker...


 

South West Needs More Money for Affordable Homes
The South West Regional Assembly has called on the Government to allocate more money for affordable housing, after asking for people's views on how housing money should be spent...

 

South West Delegation Highlights Region’s Maritime Excellence to EU Marine and Fisheries Commissioner...

Exploring the South West’s Overall Housing Demand 
The overall level of housing in the South West will be one of the topics of discussion at the examination into the draft plan on Thursday 21 June in Exeter.

Exploring the Future of South Somerset District
Housing, growth and the environment in South Somerset District will be under discussion on the afternoon of Wednesday 20 June...

Exploring the Future of Weymouth and Dorchester
Housing, growth and the environment in Weymouth and Dorchester will be under discussion on the morning of Wednesday 20 June...

Exploring the Future of Salisbury
Housing, growth and the environment in Salisbury will be under discussion on the afternoon of Tuesday
19 June...

Exploring the Future of Northern Devon and Cornwall
Housing, growth and the environment in parts of Devon and Cornwall will be under discussion on the morning of Tuesday 19 June...

EU Marine and Fisheries Commissioner Meeting
Marine and Fisheries issues in the South West will be the topic of discussion when Regional Assembly Members meet with the European Commissioner for Fisheries and Maritime Affairs...

Environment Strategy Refresh
The views of the region are being sought as the South West Regional Environment Strategy goes up for review...

 

West Cornwall of the Future Discussed
The future of West Cornwall will be discussed during the seventh week of examination of the South West’s long term plan...

Bournemouth and Poole of the Future Discussed 
The future of Bournemouth and Poole and surrounding areas will be discussed during the sixth week of Examination of the South West’s long term plan...

Taunton and Bridgwater of the Future Discussed
The future of Taunton, Bridgwater and Wellington will be discussed during the sixth week of the Examination of the South West’s long term plan...

Torbay of the Future Discussed
The future of Torquay, Brixham and Paignton will be discussed during the sixth week of the Examination of the South West’s long term plan...

May 2007

Assembly Leaders Respond to Sunday Telegraph Column
Read the Assembly Leaders response to Christopher Booker's column in The Sunday Telegraph...

Gloucester and Cheltenham in the Picture
Housing, economic growth and the environment in Gloucester, Cheltenham, and other towns that form part of the ‘Gloucester Housing Market Area’, will be under discussion this week (22 to 23 May) at the Examination of the South West’s long term plan...

Exeter and Newton Abbot in the Picture
Housing, economic growth and the environment in Exeter, Newton Abbot, part of Dartmoor National Park, and other towns that form part of the ‘Exeter Housing Market Area’, will be under discussion this week (24 to 25 May) at the Examination of the South West's long term plan...

West of England in the Picture
Bristol, Bath, Weston-super Mare and Trowbridge, plus other towns in the surrounding areas which form part of the ‘West of England Housing Market Area’, will be under discussion on 15 and 16 May at the Examination of the South West's long term plan...

Swindon in the Picture
Swindon, Chippenham and Cirencester, plus other towns in the surrounding areas which form part of the ‘Swindon Housing Market Area’, will be under discussion on 17 and 18 May at the Examination of the South West’s long term plan...

Location, Location, Location
Housing, economic growth and the environment in Gloucester, Cheltenham, Exeter, Torbay, Taunton, Bournemouth, Poole, Plymouth, West Cornwall and the surrounding areas will be the focus of weeks 5, 6 and 7 of the Examination of the South West’s long term plan...

South West Visit: Transport Minister meets with Assembly on regions rail issues Transport Minister, Tom Harris MP met with the Regional Assembly on 9 May 2007 to discuss the South West’s priorities on rail...

Consultation on Draft Climate Change Bill Underway
The Government is bringing forward proposals for a Climate Change Bill as part of its commitment to addressing both the causes and consequences of climate change...

People, Places and Spaces:Transforming cultural life in the South West 
People, Places and Spaces (the Cultural Infrastructure Strategy for the South West) has been sent out for consultation to a range of organisations in the region to gather views on its content, its ambition and its delivery...

April 2007

Close-up on Rural, Urban and Green Belt Development
The overall approach to development in the South West will be discussed at the examination into the region’s long term plan this week in Exeter...

Housing Numbers Focus for South West Long Term Plan 
The overall level of housing in the region will be one of the topics of discussion at the examination into the region's long term plan this week...
Examination of Long Term Plan Begins 
Read the opening statement from the South West Regional Assembly at the Examination in Public...

Housing Conference asked how money should be spent
Views on how millions of pounds of housing money should be spent in the region are being sought by the Regional Assembly at a Conference in Torquay this week...

Minister Backs South West Lead on Climate Change
Minister of State, Ben Bradshaw MP has welcomed the Regional Assembly's work on renewable energy and low carbon development...

Money for Housing - You Decide
People in the region are invited to submit their views on how money for housing should be spent over the next three years (2008-2011)...

Gypsies and Travellers Update 
Local Authorities in the region have been invited to submit their advice to the Assembly on district level pitch numbers for Gypsies and Travellers...


Spotlight on South West Long Term Plan
Transport, housing and the environment are just three of the topics which will be under the spotlight as part of a 10 week examination into the region’s long term plan...

Fine Tooth Comb for Long Term Plan
The long term plan for the South West, which sets out a vision for the future of the region to 2026, will be examined in detail over 10 weeks starting on 17 April...

March 2007

Region's proposal can deliver essential services
More schools, transport and local facilities could be delivered in the South West if Government backs plans from the region...

Local government pay offer to unions turned down
Unions reject Local Government pay offer...

Transport Minister to take South West Rail Concerns On-Board
Transport Minister, Tom Harris MP, is visiting the South West today (Tuesday 20 March 2007) to discuss the region's transport issues...

Climate Change - It's no joke!
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...

Assembly Work to Generate South West Energy Action Plan
In response to the impending energy crisis, the South West Regional Assembly is taking the lead in creating a sustainable future for the region by developing an Energy Action Plan...

February 2007


South West Authorities 'Improving Well'
Councils in the South West are continuing to deliver better and better services for local people, according to the latest comprehensive report...

It’s February and the Search is on…

It's Valentine’s Day tomorrow, and many at this time of year are searching for partners. The Regional Assembly however is searching for partners of a different kind...

Championing Connections to our Communities 

The South West is the first region in the UK to offer a qualification for aspiring Member Champions, which is being launched on 13 February in Bath...

Affordable Housing Top of Agenda for National Housing Chief's South West Visit

Tomorrow (Wed 14 Feb), Kevin Williamson, Chief Exec of the National Housing & Planning Advice Unit, will be a guest at the Regional Housing Advisory Group, chaired by SWRA...

 

 

January 2007

Regional Assembly Applies Lateral Thinking to South West Job Market

Having explored issues around the quality of jobs in the South West, the Assembly discuss findings with key members of the South West of England Regional Development Agency...

Sustainability South West ask 'Do you Shape Up?'

A hit squad will be dropping in on a top company or council near you in the next few weeks to see how well they shape up to big challenges like climate change...

Answers to questions from Western Morning News 

At the end of last year the Western Morning News requested information on the Assembly...

December 2006

Assembly focus on keeping the region moving

Regional Assembly demonstrates commitment to the region's public transport by identifying the Multi Million pound Greater Bristol Bus Network as one of the region's major transport priorities...

Assembly sees Central Government follow its lead on policies to reduce Regional Carbon Footprint 

Following the publication of the Draft Regional Spatial Strategy, central Government have now adopted the Assembly position of encouraging "zero-carbon" homes...

South West LGA and Regional Assembly meet with Immigration Minister

Councillor Roger Hutchinson from the SW Local Government Association led the delegation when Liam Byrne, Minister for Communities, Immigration and Nationality visited the South West...

Quality of Employment Opportunity in the South West goes under the Microscope

The Quality of Employment Opportunity in the South West was the topic discussed by delegates on 4 December 2006 as part of the Regional Strategic Review...

Public Transport set to receive 43% of investment. 

Amid fears over future congestion and road charging, Public Transport in South West gets investment through Regional Assembly...

 

November 2006

 

 

Are we prepared for the employment issues facing the South West?

The future of jobs, an adaptable labour market and improving employability in the South West are the issues up for discussion at a major regional workshop held in Taunton next week...

Authorities hit out at £42 million Defra cuts

The South West Local Government Association (SWLGA) and Somerset County Council have hit out over proposed cuts valued at almost £42 million by the Department for Food and Rural Affairs...

Regional Search Engine: www.justconnect-sw.co.uk

Just Connect!is in its next stage of development, a website dedicated to delivering the region's 5 aims was launched today...  

Adding Value to the Regions

New research published today (20 November 2006) confirms that Regional Assemblies are playing a critical role in securing economic and sustainable growth in the regions...

Assembly tells Minister "Keep the South West on Track"

The Regional Assembly voiced concerns over changes to the region’s rail service which threaten links to the rest of the country...

Keeping the South West Moving

The future of the South West’s trunk roads, congestion and road safety – those were the key issues up for debate in Taunton today (15 November 2006)...

Consultation on the Partial Review of the Draft RSS - Gypsies & Travellers

A six week consultation on the process and timetable for the partial review opened on 1 November 2006...


 

 

 

October 2006

Giz a Job! Is it all Work and Low Pay in the South West?

Members of the South West Youth Parliament explored their future job prospects in the region at an event run in partnership with the South West Regional Assembly...

South West Charter for Member Development launched

Representatives from Local Authorities attended the launch of the Charter for Member Development on Tuesday 24 October...

South West LGA welcomes White Paper

Cllr Ron Parker, Chair of the South West Local Government Association responds to the publication of the Local Governement White Paper...

Energy Powers Assembly Debate

Energy demand and supply will be the main topic of debate when the South West Regional Assembly meet in Exeter on Friday 20 October 2006...

End event for Devon Improvement Programme

Sir Michael Pitt, Chief Executive of the South West Strategic Health Authority was the keynote speaker at the conclusion of the Devon Improvement Programme (DIP)...

September 2006

Comprehensive Spending Review 2007 : South West Submission

The South West Regional Assembly and the South West RDA and has submitted joint advice to Government to inform the Comprehensive Spending Review...

Jill Shortland - Sustaining Regional Development

Assembly Chair Cllr Jill Shortland will be sharing a platform with MPs on 20 September at a fringe event taking place at the Liberal Democrat conference in Brighton...

Region Responds to Long Term Plan for the South West

A twelve week consultation on the long term plan, prepared by the Assembly, for the region came to a close last week...

August 2006

An end to ‘mob’ rule on new masts?

SW LGA survey highlights difficulties faced by Local Planning Authorities on mobile phone mast applications...

Region reacts as Government Pulls the Plug on Energy Funding

In July’s Energy Review Report, the Prime Minister identified energy issues as critical to “the country’s future prosperity and the health of our planet”...

Regional Funding Allocations

The DTI, HM Treasury, the Department of Transport and the Department for Communities and Local Government have jointly written to the Regional Assembly...

Regional Advice for the Comprehensive Spending Review 2007

The SWRA and the SWRDA have been invited by HM Treasury to jointly submit evidence to inform the CSR 2007...

 

 

July 2006

New Chair appointed

Councillor Jill Shortland appointed as the new Chair of the South West Regional Assembly. Press release...

Regional Funding Allocations (RFA) Transport Announcement

Letter from the Secretary of State and press release...

SWRA written statement on crossrail

Full copy of the written statement and press release...

June 2006

Draft Regional Spatial Strategy Published

Consultation Starts...

Regional Strategic Review on Sustainable Energy

The South West Regional Assembly (SWRA) is in the final stage of its Regional Strategic Review on Sustainable Energy...