Soulbury officers

We act as the Secretariat for the Employers' Side of the Soulbury Committee. This was established in 1948 to provide voluntary collective bargaining machinery for Soulbury Officers who are advisory staff in children's services.


The Soulbury Committee covers approximately 4,500 staff as of December 2018 which includes:

  • educational improvement professionals (previously advisers and inspectors)
  • educational psychologists
  • young people's/community service managers (previously youth and community service officers).

Blue Book

The Blue Book is the terms and conditions handbook for Soulbury Officers. Available to LGA Workforce subscribers only.

The conditions of service of officers dealt with under this report shall be not less favourable than those prescribed for the local government services staff of the authority covered by the Green Book, for matters not covered by the blue book, for example, annual leave.

The Soulbury Committee determines pay for officers - previous pay settlements as follows


January 2020

The Soulbury committee has issued guidance on local authority car user schemes and work related stress.


April 2019

The Soulbury committee has updated and revised its constitution in the Blue Book.

November 2018

The Soulbury committee has undertaken a Pay and Workforce Survey which provides information about the sector.

October 2018

The National Employers have made an offer of two per cent to the Officers’ Side for 2018 which has been accepted.


June 2018

Following a consultation process the National Employers have responded to the Officers’ Side.


May 2018

The National Employers have received a pay and conditions claim from the Officers’ Side for 2018.