Need someone to stand in temporarily?

Sometimes councils find themselves in need of a temporary clerk or additional staff resource, be that as a result of illness, maternity or paternity cover, holidays, vacancies, increased workloads or one-off projects.  Whatever the reason, LCC can help by providing experienced, qualified staff for both short or long-term placements.

Our services are delivered by our team of locums, all of whom have the knowledge and skills to provide the support you need. They are employed by SLCC and your council is invoiced for the number of hours worked at the agreed hourly rate, enabling the council and locum to comply with HMRC off-payroll rules. The rate charged is inclusive of Employers National Insurance, our payroll and handling costs and a payment for annual leave, making the locum process easy for you to manage.

Depending on the hourly rate the locum would charge LCC, costs range from £25 per hour upwards (an all-inclusive charge). The hourly rate is often more than that of permanent staff due to the nature of the work and the flexibility offered, but in return you have a trained individual who is ready to hit the ground running. They are able to deal with complex situations and impart new skills and processes as a result of their placement, bringing added benefit to the council and public they serve.

If you would like to find out more or have a need for a clerk or additional resource, please contact us at [email protected] and we can talk through the process and work to find you a solution.

Interested in joining the locum team? Find out more here

Mentoring LCC

‘I’d like to say thank you to both the LCC and Jane who helped us out of a tricky time when we found ourselves without a clerk over the election period. Despite the locum service being fairly new we received a very professional service from start to finish.’ Emma Harris, Flitwick Town Council RFO and HR Officer

‘Tracy acted as Locum Clerk for Bingley Town Council at a time of massive change in staffing. She was the consummate professional and managed the period of transition skilfully. Her depth and breadth of knowledge in local government and local council policies and procedures was second to none. Her advice and counsel was invaluable and delivered with warmth, empathy and good humour, enabling us to manage difficult situations well. Her advice and support to council members and new members of staff was useful and relevant. I would highly recommend Tracy as a consultant.’ Helen Owen, Bingley Town Council Chair

‘Our locum is first class, has entered into our work with total dedication and professionalism, nothing is too much. We thank you for introducing her to us. She has visited us twice, although living over 100 miles away, she is always pleasant on the phone and very willing to help. We would love to keep her, but have a new clerk on the way, thanks again to our very special locum.’ Eileen Jones, Tywyn Town Council / Cyngor Tref Tywyn

‘The whole process was made so easy and your quick service meant that our audit was carried out on time and successfully.’ Lisa Rackett, Tovil Parish Council

‘When we urgently needed a locum clerk to step in and steady the ship, SLCC stepped in and sorted everything out extremely quickly and efficiently. The locum was fantastic and supported us as we went through the process of hiring a new clerk and on to a new era for our Parish Council! Thanks so much!’ Cllr Alex Ross-Shaw, Wrose Parish Council


Click here to read out how the Locum Service helped Flitwick Town Council with a 5 month cover.