Our benefits


"I've had several opportunities to grow my knowledge base and evolve. The opportunities for learning have been incredible."

Louise, Housing Standards Specialist

Together we are Needs-led

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We recognise how important it is to ensure our employees feel valued.

We are a caring council. We are dedicated in supporting your health and wellbeing while you are working for us. We have a variety of fantastic benefits that ensure you can achieve a healthy work-life balance. 

Whether it’s career opportunities, mentoring or working in a way that suits your life, we have something to help. 


Annual leave

Generous annual leave entitlement of 25 days plus bank holidays, increasing to 31 days plus bank holidays after 5 years of service (pro rata for part-time working). 

Additional leave purchase scheme

You’ll also have the option to buy extra annual leave, subject to certain conditions.

Pension scheme

The Local Government Pension Scheme (LGPS) is a tax approved, defined benefit occupational pension scheme. Your contributions are based on your earnings and you can choose from different income options when you retire.

Life assurance

You’ll have life cover from the moment you join the Local Government Pension Scheme, offering a lump sum equal to 3 years’ of your annual salary.

For more information see our Pay & Benefits Booklet

Family friendly

We have a range of family friendly and flexible working schemes and arrangements to support you to achieve a work/life balance including: 

  • Maternity pay and leave 
  • Adoption leave 
  • Paternity leave/Paternity leave for adoption 
  • Maternity support leave 
  • Parental leave 
  • Special leave arrangements (e.g. bereavement) 
  • Flexible retirement 
  • Career break scheme 
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Happy to talk flexible working

Supporting flexible working

If you're hoping for a bit of flexibility in your work arrangements, we're here to help.

At Westmorland and Furness Council, we are proud to be able to offer a variety of flexible working opportunities across our organisation. Depending on your role, this means you can adjust your start and finish times to suit your needs.

Working Families, with the support of the Government’s Flexible Working Taskforce, have developed Happy To Talk Flexible Working to support employers on their journey to designing more flexible roles.  

We're all about finding a balance that works for everyone!


The wellbeing of our employees is essential to us. In everything we do we strive to be a caring council. This applies as much to our employees as it does to providing services to the public.

We are committed to creating an environment where all employees of Westmorland and Furness Council can thrive. We will continue to work with staff and Trade Union colleagues to keep improving our positive working environment.

We provide several resources and services to support our employees.


The Occupational Health Service operates an employee self-referral scheme for counselling. 

Mental health

Employees will have support from several trained health advocates, first aiders and mental health first aiders. We have partnered with Able Futures who deliver the Access to Work Mental Health Support Service by qualified health care professionals. 

Free eye tests

Employees who use Display Screen Equipment (DSE) more than one hour a day are entitled to receive a free eye test every two years. We will provide vouchers to help support costs of corrective appliances (e.g. glasses) for computer use, if they are required following your eye test.

Free flu jabs

We offer all staff a complimentary flu jab to help keep you healthy throughout the year.