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A Guide To The ACAS System (The Alternative Councils and Scrutiny Board)

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The Alternative Councils and Scrutiny Board (ACAS) system is a way for people to voice their complaints about the council for which they are registered or about issues that are in the county or district. You can make a complaint about a council or issue, but you will only be heard if it falls within their jurisdiction – this idea is called ‘scrutiny’.

What is ACAS?

ACAS is a system that allows employers and employees to resolve disputes between them. It is an alternative to going to court and can be used if an agreement cannot be reached.
ACAS is made up of two parts: the Alternative Councils and the Scrutiny Board. The Alternative Councils are made up of representatives from different parts of the business, and they help to resolve disputes between employees and employers. The Scrutiny Board is responsible for making sure that Alternative Councils and Scrutiny Board is working properly, and that disputes are being resolved properly.
If you have a problem with your employer, you should talk to your HR department. They may be able to help you get in touch with ACAS.

Types of ACAS

ACAS is a system that helps organizations manage workplace disputes. It has two main parts: the Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) panel and the Scrutiny Board.

The ADR panel helps to settle disputes between employees and their employers. The Scrutiny Board is responsible for monitoring whether employers are following Alternative Councils and Scrutiny Board rules, and if not, taking appropriate action.

There are three types of Alternative Councils and Scrutiny Board systems: the European model, the British model, and the Australian model. The European model is used in countries such as Germany, Belgium, Italy, Spain, France, and Sweden. The British model is used in countries such as the United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, Canada, and New Zealand. The Australian model is used in countries such as Australia and Singapore.

How to apply for an ACAS

If you’re thinking about applying for an ACAS license, then this guide is for you. We’ll walk you through the application process, from start to finish.

To apply for an ACAS license, you first need to find out if you’re eligible. Please see our eligibility checker to find out more. If you’re eligible, then the next step is to complete an application form. You can find the form here:


When is an application needed?

An application is needed when a council wishes to apply for scrutiny by the Alternative Councils and Scrutiny Board. This process can be used when a council feels they have been treated unfairly by another council or they need to investigate a potential breach of their duties.

How long until you get a response?

Typically, within one business day, ACAS will have responded to your inquiry.

What are the costs associated with applying for an ACAS?

ACAS can be expensive to apply for. The costs will depend on your specific situation, but typically the application fee is £70 and there may be an additional charge for each stage of the process (such as an interview or a reference check). There are also some other costs that can be associated with ACAS, such as paying for an advocate to represent you at hearings.


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