SLCC & NALC leadership teams mark the launch of the new Model Contract of Employment for local councils

20 December 2023

SLCC and the National Association of Local Councils (NALC)’s senior leadership teams met in London on 19 December to discuss various issues of strategic significance to the sector. These included workforce development, audit and finance of local councils, and our respective work programmes for 2024.

Both organisations were also pleased to mark the launch of a new model employment contract for local councils. This model contract incorporates Green Book terms, which both SLCC and NALC recommend councils offer to align with the best practices within the local government sector. Offering good terms of employment supports the recruitment and retention of a high-quality workforce and demonstrates that the council is a good employer that values its staff.

This document, produced by NALC and endorsed by SLCC, aims to support councils to attract and retain the most talented staff in their organisations and to support them in their professional development.

SLCC chair, Adam Keppel-Green FSLCC, said: “We firmly believe that to maintain a strong workforce, councils must employ their staff on terms which are consistent with those offered in the wider local government family, and we are pleased to commend this new model contract, which ensures these terms continue to be the standard for our sector, to our members.”

NALC chair, Cllr Keith Stevens, said: “The future of the local council sector relies on all councils being good employers. Attracting talent into the sector and helping their teams grow in skill and confidence. The best outcomes for our communities can only be achieved where we have the best possible people working for our councils, with councillors and staff working in partnership. This is a top priority for NALC and these new documents are part of a growing package of HR and employment support for our members”

Click here to view the new Model Contract of Employment.

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