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Email: info@swcouncils.gov.uk


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.


South West Councils Membership

Appointments as agreed at the Annual General Meeting on 12 July 2017.  South West Councils brings together the Leaders or their Deputies.  

 John Hart

Cllr John Hart (Conservative)
Devon County Council



Deputy Chair

Councillor Steve Jordan

Cllr Steve Jordan
  (Liberal Democrat)
Cheltenham Borough Council



Vice Chairs

Helen Holland
Cllr Helen Holland  (Labour)
Labour Additional Member and
Bristol City Council


 Cllr Harvey Siggs

Cllr Harvey Siggs (Conservative)
Mendip District Council and
Chair of the Employers' Panel




Cllr Philip Sanders
 - (Conservative)
West Devon Borough Council 



Cllr Anthony Alford  - West Dorset District Council
Cllr Mark Annett - Cotswold District Council
Cllr Nigel Ashton  - North Somerset Council
Cllr Pat Barker - North Devon District Council
Cllr Jeff Cant- Weymouth and Portland Borough Council
Cllr Graham Carr-Jones - North Dorset District Council
Cllr Jeremy Christophers - Teignbridge District Council
Cllr Paul Diviani - East Devon District Council
Cllr Clive Eginton - Mid Devon District Council
Cllr David Fothergill - Somerset County Council
Cllr Heather Goddard - South Gloucestershire Council
Cllr May Haines - Borough of Poole Council
Cllr Mark Hawthorne - Gloucestershire County Council
Cllr Paul James - Gloucester City Council
Cllr Patricia Jamieson - Christchurch Borough Council
Cllr Rebecca Knox - Dorset County Council
Cllr Duncan McGinty - Sedgemoor District Council
Cllr Derek Mills- Torbay Council
Cllr Patrick Molyneux - Forest of Dean District Council
Cllr Spencer Flower- East Dorset Council
Cllr David Renard - Swindon Borough Council
Cllr Pat Oakley - Bournemouth Borough Council
Cllr Jane Scott - Wiltshire Council
Cllr Gary Suttle - Purbeck District Council
Cllr Anthony Trollope-Bellew - West Somerset District Council
Cllr John Tucker - South Hams District Council
Cllr Tim Warren - Bath and North East Somerset Council
Cllr Dave Waters - Tewkesbury Borough Council
Cllr Jane Whittaker - Torridge District Council
Cllr John Williams - Taunton Deane Borough Council

Liberal Democrats
Cllr Adam Paynter - Cornwall Council
Cllr Sylvia Seal - South Somerset District Council

Cllr Mike Davies - Bristol City Council
Cllr Peter Edwards - Exeter City Council
Cllr Tudor Evans - Plymouth City Council
Cllr Steve Lydon- Stroud District Council

Cllr Ted Moulson - Council of the Isles of Scilly

Fire and Police Authority Representatives
Cllr Tony Davis - Avon Fire Authority
Tbc - Devon and Somerset Fire Authority
Tbc - Dorset and Wiltshire Fire Authority 

Additional Non-Voting Members (10)

Cllr Kate Haigh - Gloucester City Council
Cllr Roger Hutchinson - South Gloucestershire Council
Cllr Leigh Redman - Somerset County Council

Liberal Democrats
Cllr David Budd - Purbeck District Council
Cllr John Cordwell - Gloucestershire County Council
Cllr Ruth Davis - South Gloucestershire Council
Cllr Brian Greenslade - North Devon Council
Cllr Adrian Sanders - Torbay Council