Dear Blackpool Borough Council,
1. In relation to the current master vendor contract in place for the supply of temporary workers, how many qualified social work professionals do you current have in post across Children Services? This is in relation to the provision of social workers, senior practitioners, assistant team managers, team managers and service managers within Children Services (referred to from now on as “QSWPs”)
2. In the event that you are unable to source suitably qualified QSWPs from the master vendor do you deal directly with other recruitment agencies who can fill your vacancies on an off framework basis?
3. In the event that you have vacancies filled by other suppliers, how many temporary QSWPs do you currently have deployed across Children Services on an off framework basis (please provide total numbers by SUPPLIER)?
4. In the event that you have vacancies filled by other suppliers, please provide the NUMBER and GRADE of QSWPs working on a temporary off framework basis by DEPARTMENT?
5. In the event that you have vacancies filled by other suppliers, please provide the range of supplier CHARGE RATES and corresponding GRADE of QSWPs currently working on an off framework agency basis?
6. How much agency QSWP spend has there been outside of the master vendor contract from 6th April 2016 to 31st January 2017?
James P King
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