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October 2020

Welcome to the October edition of the South East Employers newsletter.

This month we have an update on the Exit Pay Cap from our Employment team who are focusing on this complex issue as further information comes to light, as well as keeping you updated about the move from the Job Retention Scheme to Job Support. Keep an eye out for the discount being offered to our member councils for the South West coaching and mentoring conference in early December which we are actively participating in with our own speakers. Also, a link to the newly published Councillor Development Charter and Charter Plus framework document. Read on for more information.

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Exit Pay Cap update

The implementation date for the exit pay cap has been confirmed as 4 November 2020. At the time or writing, we are still awaiting publication of the supporting Guidance and Directions which we hope will answer some of the questions the sector are now asking about impacts on current exit discussions and working notice periods.

We know there will be conflict between the requirements of the Exit Pay Cap and our LGPS Regulations initially. The LGA are seeking guidance from MHCLG on the appropriate way to progress exits meanwhile. Latest information and updates about the Cap, the implications of these Regulations and proposed changes to the LGPS and the Compensation Regulations are on our website.

South West coaching and mentoring conference - 1st to 3rd December

This conference is in partnership with SE Employers & East of England LGA.

South West Councils have lined up a fantastic programme to be held over three days. This first virtual coaching conference enables you to pick and choose what you want to do—as little or much as you like.

A fantastic range of sessions, attend as many as you like including...

  • Neil Harris: Storytelling
  • Sue Haswell: My favourite NLP Models
  • Matt Hatson: Coaching the nervous system for faster change
  • Tim Hawkes: Coping with Change
  • Michelle Lucas: Testing a Coaching Supervision Mindset (ltd numbers)
  • Ann McCluskey: 2020: Seeing Change in a New Light & Stepping Beyond the Finite Mind
  • Sue Noble: Change Dilemmas and Coaching Solutions
  • Clare Norman: Things we have learned through life and work that we need to unlearn as coaches
  • Mark Palmer: Mentoring for Councillors
  • Christine Paulus: Unleash the Creative Power of Improvisation in Coaching!
  • Claire Pedrick: Using Silence in Coaching
  • Liz Scott & Developing a town of wellbeing listeners Stuart Newberry:
  • Julie Starr: The journey towards coaching mastery & Your ego and its impact on your coaching
There will also be networking opportunities. 


The conference is free for coaches in SW Coaching and Mentoring Pool Membership.

£110 for all 3 days or £50 per day for SW Councils; SE Employers or East of England LGA member organisations

£140 for  all 3 days or £65 per day for Non-member organisations and individuals

For more information and to book your place, email 

Job Retention Scheme

Illustration of Job Support schemeWith the Job Retention Scheme (Furlough) coming to an end on 31 October 2020, the Government has announced the next phase of support for organisations still effected by a downturn in business. The Job Support Scheme will run from 1 November 2020 for six months initially, although this will be reviewed in January 2021. For organisation who have been prevented from reopening due to Government imposed restrictions or because of Local Lockdown, the Government will provide up to 67% of an employees usual salary, with the employer responsible for NI and pension contributions. For businesses able to operate, the employee must be working at least 33% of their usual working hours and will receive at least 78% of their normal pay with the Government picking up 1/3rd of cost of the balance of their usual working hours. Again the employer will be responsible for NI and pension contribution.

For more details about the Job Support Scheme and its applicability in Local Government, as well as information on the Job Retention Bonus and Test and Trace Support Payment please see our webpage

New Councillor Development Charter/Charter Plus launched

The new Councillor Development Charter and Charter Plus framework document has been published by the LGA this week, and is available to download from our website.

From the forward by Councillor James Jamieson, Chairman of the Local Government Association.
"The Councillor Development Charter and Charter Plus provides councils with a robust framework, but flexible to local needs, to ensure effective leadership, equip their members with the support they need, and provide resilience in times of challenge. 

These Charters have been developed as part of the LGA’s coordinated approach to sector-led improvement across local government. This aims to help councils continue their own improvement journey, take up our support tools and offers and contribute to the improvement of local government as a whole.

The framework has been updated based on what councils have told us would help their members be empowered to work effectively, and be responsive and resilient – including in more challenging times – while being mindful of the importance of promoting positive personal wellbeing through everything we do. 

I know local government is committed to investing in councillors’ growth and development, and I would strongly encourage all local areas to adopt the Councillor Development Charter and Charter Plus as a guide and benchmark as part of your improvement journey." 

Job Evaluation Training (NJC Green Book for Local Government Services) for individuals

We have received lots of enquiries for job evaluation training (NJC Green Book for Local Government Services). We are currently running a number of courses for JE panels within councils and are now running a course for individuals to join.

We have reserved Tuesday 17 November, 9.30am - 3.30pm to hold the first session.


  • £150 for members (+VAT)
  • £195 for non-members (+VAT)

For more information and to book your place visit our website, or email 

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