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.


Freedom of Information

The South West Resources Management Committee (RMC), on behalf of South West Councils is committed to working in an appropriately open and transparent way.  Whilst not covered by the Freedom of Information Act, the RMC looks to the officers to strive to conform to the principles of freedom of information as far as practicable.  By using existing systems and process we will aim to respond to all reasonable requests for information in an open and transparent fashion.

In delivering this commitment the RMC is mindful of the need to spend the limited resources available to the staff wisely in delivering the Business Plan commitments agreed by all the  Members.  The RMC will therefore expect the organisation to be mindful of the use of staff resources whilst trying to deal with enquiries.   The RMC would expect the majority of requests to be dealt with by reference to the publicly available information on the website; through the Business Plan, Annual Report and other information produced.

Environmental Information Regulations (EIR)

The RMC is committed to working in an appropriately open and transparent way and would confirm to the principles of the EIR 2004. 

Access to Information Policy

The RMC seeks to use internet technologies to provide open and low cost access to a wide range of information. The website - www.swcouncils.gov.uk- is therefore the main source for published information.

Detailed below are the main categories of information that the South West Councils makes available to members of the public on its website - www.swcouncils.gov.uk.

The schedule is not an approved Publication Scheme as required by the Freedom of Information Act 2000 as the Secretariat has not been included within the Act and therefore cannot have such a Scheme approved by the Information Commissioner.  Further information about the Act is available from the website - www.informationcommissioner.gov.uk 

Information Categories:

  • Membership of the South West Councils
  • Meeting Papers.
    Includes archived meeting papers for the South West Leaders, South West Councils and its Business Committee and its Advisory Groups.
  • Corporate Information
    Includes: Constitution, Financial and Staffing information and Complaints Procedure
  • Publications and Reports
  • Newsletters
  • Consultations.

Schedule of Fees for Printed Documents

If you are unable/would prefer not to access information via the website, we can supply hard copy but there will be a charge to cover costs.  Fees include administration and postage; these are not deductable if copies are made and/or collected in person.  These prices do not include VAT, which at present is not chargeable.  Payment must be made in advance.

Per A4 photocopied page, single or double sided 
Up to 5 pages:Free
6-10 pages:£2.50
11+ pages:25p per page
Per year (April – March) or part year 
A – Papers for all formal meetings£50
B – Individual meetings of South West Councils£35

Requests for Information

South West Secretariat will seek to assist applicants with requests for information not covered by the classes of information described above. Requests should be made in writing to:

Kelly-Anne Phillips
Senior Administrative Officer
Dennett House
11 Middle Street

Email: kelly-anne.phillips@swcouncils.gov.uk 
Telephone: 01823 270101