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

 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.


Learning and Development Services


South West Councils is a long established training provider for local government and the wider public sector and is increasingly engaging with private and third sector organisations.

Our team of professionally qualified and experienced specialists deliver a wide range of developmental training and fully accredited qualifications, including End-Point Assessment for apprenticeships.

Please contact us on training@swcouncils.gov.uk to discuss our cost-effective training solutions. Almost all of our courses can be delivered on an in-house basis at your premises if you have a group or wish to collaborate with another organisation.  We also have some distance learning qualification options.

Full training events schedule


End-Point Assessment

All new apprenticeship Standards require an End-Point Assessment (EPA) which is a holistic assessment of the knowledge, skills and behaviour that has been covered throughout the apprenticeship programme.  EPA can only be carried out by an approved End-Point Assessment Organisation (EPAO) using Independent Assessors (IAs) that are not in any way involved in the delivery of the apprenticeship or the employment of the apprentice.  The process can be compared to learning to drive with End-Point Assessment being the final theory and practical tests.

For more information on End-Point Assessment, click here or contact us on epa@swcouncils.gov.uk.


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. 




Stroud DCSouth West Challenge
Congratulations to all 22 teams who took part in the SW Challenge 2018 on Thursday 4 October.  You all did very well.  And the winners are Stroud District Council.  A huge thanks to everyone who made the day possible, sponsors, role players, Westpoint Exeter and Posh Nosh. Professional photos to follow, watch this space.  If you think you are up for the Challenge, it's never too early to book for 2019.  Book now and get our early bird offer.

GC IndexCircle
South West Councils is delighted to work with GC Index®  and have members of the team accredited to use the GC Index®.

MediationDid you know we can support you on all aspects of mediation, contact us on 01823 270101 or email hr@swcouncils.gov.uk

Adult Safeguarding Serious Case Reviews and Safeguarding Adult Reviews

In 2017 South West ADASS commissioned a thematic review of Adult Safeguarding Serious Case Reviews and Safeguarding Adult Reviews, undertaken in the region between 2013-2017. 

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

For latest press release, click here .....

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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