Total Expenditure on Qualified Social Worker Agency Staff

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Victoria Bennet

Dear East Sussex County Council,

Please can you confirm what your total expenditure (excluding VAT)  on Qualified Social Worker agency staff was during the financial year 2014-15?

Yours faithfully,

Victoria Bennet

Freedom of Information, East Sussex County Council

 

 

Dear Ms Bennet

 

FOI Request ref: 6015 / Total Expenditure on Qualified Social Worker
Agency Staff

 

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East Sussex County Council

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W1D, County Hall

St Anne’s Crescent

Lewes

East Sussex BN7 1UE

 

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Dear Ms Bennet

 

FOI Request ref: 6015 / Total Expenditure on Qualified Social Worker
Agency Staff

 

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dealt with under the terms of the Freedom of Information Act 2000. Your
request and our response are set out below. Please note that any
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REQUEST

 

Please can you confirm what your total expenditure (excluding VAT)  on
Qualified Social Worker agency staff was during the financial year
2014-15?

 

RESPONSE

 

Please note this information is recorded differently by Personnel and
Training, Adult Social Care and Children’s Services. Personnel and
Training and Children’s Services record agency spend differently to Adult
Social Care. This is why Adult Social Care are unable to provide
information that Personnel and Training and Children’s Services are able
to.

 

Information held by Personnel and Training: East Sussex County Council
source the majority of our agency Social Workers through a neutral vendor
arrangement with Comensura. Our expenditure for the 2014-15 financial year
was £275,769 (excluding VAT).

 

Information held by Children’s Services: The only non-Commensura Agency
Spend on QSW in Children's Services for the financial year 2014/15 is as
follows: £14,956.75 (period covered 5/1/15 to 31/3/15)

 

Information held by Adult Social Care: An extract from the payments system
identifies Adult Social Care and Public Health agency spend not directly
and immediately identified as through Comensura (agency), in excess of
£570,000, however costs relate to not only Social Workers but drivers,
assistants and admin staff. In order to identify whether staff engaged are
Qualified Social Workers you would have to read each of the 328 invoices
separately. A conservative estimate is that it would take 10 minutes to
locate and read each invoice. This amounts to over 50 hours and therefore
over the 18 hour limit.

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Yours sincerely

 

 

Amilia Holland

Customer Information Adviser

 

East Sussex County Council

Communities, Economy and Transport

W1D, County Hall

St Anne’s Crescent

Lewes

East Sussex BN7 1UE

 

Phone: 01273 482913
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