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The trade union for local authority chief executives and senior managers


Ordinary membership is currently open to:

  • Chief executives or heads of paid service of principal local authorities
  • Chief officers directly responsible to the chief executive or head of paid service (such as directors, deputy or assistant chief executives, etc.)
  • S151 officers (S95 in Scotland), monitoring officers and (in Wales) democratic services officers – and anyone formally designated as deputy to one of those posts
  • If not covered by one of the above categories, any postholder on the terms and conditions of the Joint Negotiating Committee for Chief Officers of Local Authorities, or equivalent terms and conditions in Scotland.
  • Chief executives of public sector agencies closely connected with local government (such as Policing and Crime Chief Executives)


Becoming an ALACE member is a quick and easy online process. You will be asked to provide basic details including your name, your local authority/organisation, your role, and your contact details, including an e-mail address. This should ideally be a private e-mail address so that we can still contact you if you change your employer.

You will need to select whether you wish to pay for one years’ subscription or two years at the slightly discounted rate. This will determine how many hours of free non-pension consultancy support you will be entitled to in the first 12 months.

Whichever option you choose, the membership fee as shown will be payable in one lump sum on joining and is non-refundable.

[*Please note that ALACE do not currently operate a pro-rata subscription model. Therefore if you join in the last few months of the calendar year and opt for the 1 year payment, your 2022 subscription will still be payable in full on 1 January 2022. If in doubt, please contact us at  [email protected] before completing your online application.] 

You will be asked to choose a user name and to set a password. This will enable you to access the member area of the ALACE website where you will find further information just for members, including contact details for the consultants, minutes of ALACE Council meetings and AGMs, plus a wealth of other documentation.

Once you have completed the form with your contact details and other basic information, you will be transferred to secure webpages to enter your banking details so that you can set up your payments.

We will automatically collect annual membership fees when they become due (currently 1st January each year) but will notify members in advance of any increases to fees. We also notify members before collecting any payments for ALACE consultancy support, over and above the free entitlement.

Your personal information will be stored securely and not passed on to any third party. We will only use your contact information in relation to your membership of ALACE.

By completing the online form and submitting it, you will be agreeing to the ALACE membership terms. The terms are also reproduced alongside the online form that you need to complete. Before completing the online registration process, please check that your role meets the membership criteria at the top of this page. If you are in any doubt, please contact us at [email protected].


Joining fee at any time during 2021  Period of membership Free non-pension consultancy support entitlement in the first 12 months
either £390  To the end of December 2021 Four hours
or £755 paid up front (discounted two year membership)  To the end of December 2022 Eight hours
Retired members – £50 To the end of December 2021 Not applicable


You can remain a member of ALACE when you retire, or re-join if you were formerly a member. You can apply online following the link below, simply select ‘Retired Membership’ at the appropriate point.

The retired membership rate includes access to the members’ area of the website and to information sent by email, including papers for general meetings. However, the Constitution limits the rights of retired member (such as not being able to vote at general meetings).

Retired members do not have access to free consultancy support. If required, consultancy support in respect of any issue related to previous ALACE membership is chargeable at £90 per hour. The Association will recover payment having provided notification of the amount in advance.


Standard Membership
£390 / Year
Standard Membership (2-year)
£755 for 2 Years
Retired Members
£50 / Year


New arrangements for paying subscriptions in 2022

The subscription rate will increase to £400 on 1 January 2022 or £775 if you opt for the two year membership rate. To provide flexibility for existing members, we will be offering the option of paying the annual subscription in two instalments and doing so by credit card. For those who choose to pay by instalments, there will be a modest additional cost to reflect the extra administration – the total subscription for 2022 would be £410, collected in two instalments of £255. We will provide more information to existing members before January 2022. This option is currently only available to existing members.


Please note that ALACE and SOLACE are quite separate organisations (although we work closely together and have many members in common). ALACE is a trade union; SOLACE is a professional society. Membership of one does not bring with it membership of the other. If you are also interested in joining SOLACE, click here.


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