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Society of Local Council Clerks (SLCC) is the professional body for local council clerks and senior council employees. Our membership is steadily growing and now represents clerks to over 5,000 councils in England and Wales.

Many councils realise the benefits of having a clerk who is properly trained, fully briefed on the issues of the day and can get fast accurate advice to problems that they may face. In fact, according to the 2021 Membership Survey, 92% of members’ councils pay for their clerks’ subscription, as encouraged by the Local Government Act.

View the 2021 membership information or 2022 membership information for the benefits of membership, making your case for membership and 2021/22 subscription rates.

Join online today and choose to pay by credit/debit card (pay online instantly), BACS or cheque.

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Remember to add together your gross annual salary or your gross pro-rata salary from all of your councils (membership subscription rates as of 1 January 2022)

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Joining Fee

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Member typeJoining feeSubscription
Principal or Principal (Affiliate) Member*£0£55
Fellow or Fellow (Affiliate) Member*£0£85
Affiliate Membership£15£206
Past Service Member£0£42
Clerk Magazine only£0£36

Other membership types

Whether you’re new to the sector or have years of experience, our range of membership means that there is a level to suit everyone.

The Professional Development Scheme (PDS) contains grades of membership which are awarded on a combination of experience, Continuous Professional Development (CPD), and qualifications. The designatory letters after your name demonstrate where you are in your career. And, as you progress, you can apply for a membership upgrade to ensure your level always reflects your experience.

*Please be aware that the Principal and Fellow cost of membership is in addition to Full or Affiliate membership.

Not sure? Find your membership level

Not sure which membership you should get? Click the link below for more information or contact us for help.

Click here to find out which membership you need

Professional Development & Members

Develop your career, grow your professional development and gain recognition with the Professional Development Scheme (PDS).

Join the PDS as a Principal or Fellow Member today! Already a Full or Affiliate member? Upgrade your membership at any point.

Eligible to become a Principal or Fellow? View the PDS membership criteria.


PDS Membership Benefits

  • Designated letters to use after your name – ‘PSLCC’ (Principal) or ‘FSLCC’ (Fellow)
  • Training vouchers to use against an SLCC training course or event which takes place in your membership year – £20 (Principal) or £30 (Fellow)
  • Pin badge to wear at events and training
  • Certificate to confirm your professional status
  • PDS logo to use on your CV and/or job applications
  • Three PDS, news bulletins offering the latest training news, advice on gaining CPD points and support with professional development
  • Your name will also be listed on the website during your membership to confirm your status. View the PDS Members July 2022

What counts towards Continuous Professional Development (CPD)? Find out what qualifies as CPD here.

For PDS questions please email

Professional Development

New clerks

The aim of this initiative is to help new clerks settle into the profession. Initially underwritten by the government via the National Training Strategy but taken over by the SLCC, this project is designed to assist clerks in their first 12 months and is available to all not just members of the SLCC.

The training initiative consists of four pillars:

1. A welcome pack for new clerks including a booklet called ‘The Essential Clerk’
2. Branch Mentors who enable clerks to find the best way of managing their role, responsibilities and working relationships
3. An informal network of local or district contacts – clerks who are knowledgeable about their area and can help a new clerk find their way around
4. Links to the training offered by the County Training Partnership, the SLCC, and the CALC’s

Are you a new clerk?

Contact us to let us know along with an address and we’ll send you a welcome pack. Also, attend one of the New Clerk Event‘s delivered by webinar, packed with best-practice advice, tips and information on your new clerking role!

Branch Mentors

Need a little help? We have a network of mentors ready to help, see the Branch Mentors List 2022 to find your closest mentor.

The SLCC initiative for new clerks

Renewing or Upgrading Membership

Renewing your membership

To renew your membership:

  1. Click ‘Account’
  2. On the menu on the right click ‘Membership’
  3. Click ‘Renew’
  4. Follow the steps to renew your membership and update any personal/council details as necessary


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Pay online instantly

If you are paying by bank transfer our bank details are: Unity Trust Bank, account number 20314459, sort code 60-83-01

Please quote your name/membership number as the reference.

Make your cheque payable to the Society of Local Council Clerks, write your name/membership number on the back of the cheque and post to: FAO Membership, SLCC, Collar Factory, Suite 2.01, 112 St. Augustine Street, Taunton, Somerset TA1 1QN

Upgrading your membership

You can upgrade your membership at any point.

Your additional membership subscription will be based on the full months remaining until your membership renewal date. This ensures that your membership renewal date always stays the same.

To upgrade your membership:

  1. Click ‘Account’
  2. On the menu on the right click ‘Membership’
  3. Click ‘Apply to change membership’
  4. Select the upgrade your require
  5. Follow the steps to upgrade your membership

If you have any queries please contact our membership team on

Frequently Asked Questions

If the answer to your question cannot be found in our FAQs please contact our friendly membership team at