Dear Walsall Metropolitan Borough Council,

Please can you provide the following information under the Freedom of Information Act:

1 - How many qualified social workers were working on a temporary (agency) basis at the Council on Monday 20th May 2019, split by:

a) Children’s Services social work roles

b) Adults’ Services social work roles

2 – What was the total spend by your organisation on temporary (agency) social work professionals during the financial year 1/4/18 to 31/3/19?

Yours faithfully,

Jim Ward

InformationRights, Walsall Metropolitan Borough Council

Dear Mr Ward,

 

 

Thank you for your request for information about Use of agency social
workers, which was received on 07 June 2019.

 

In accordance with provisions within Freedom of Information Act 2000, the
council will respond to your request within 20 working days, saying
whether we have the information that you want, and if there will be any
charges. 

 

If, for any reason, we cannot provide you with the information, we will
tell you why. If we need to clarify your request, we will contact you
again.

 

In the meantime, if you need to contact me about your request, please do
so quoting the above reference number.

 

Yours sincerely

 

 

Fakhara Qanwal

 

InformationRights, Walsall Metropolitan Borough Council

Dear Mr Ward

 

Freedom of Information Request RFI0841/19

 

Further to your request for information regarding agency social workers, I
am now in a position to respond and hence I can tell you the following:

 

Your request and our response

 

Your request:

 

1 - How many qualified social workers were working on a temporary (agency)
basis at the Council on Monday 20th May 2019, split by:

 

a) Children’s Services social work roles

 

b) Adults’ Services social work roles

 

Our response; We are unable to provide the number of agency social workers
employed on Monday 20^th May 2019 as there remains outstanding invoices
still being processed for this period. Calculation of the number is not
routinely available by other means as details of agency workers are not
held on our HR system.

 

Your request:

 

2 – What was the total spend by your organisation on temporary (agency)
social work professionals during the financial year 1/4/18 to 31/3/19?

 

Our response: Total spend for 2018/19 was £3,888,264.89

 

I hope that this information meets your need.

 

Most of the information that we provide in response to Freedom of
Information Act 2000 and Environmental Information Regulations 2004
requests will be subject to copyright protection.  In most cases the
copyright will be owned by Walsall Council. The copyright in respect of
other information may be owned by another person or organisation, as
indicated.

 

You are free to use any information supplied to you in response to this
request for your own non-commercial research or private study purposes.
The information may also be used for any other purpose allowed by a
limitation or exception in copyright law, such as news reporting.
 However, any other type of re-use, for example by publishing the
information in analogue or digital form, including on the internet, will
require the permission of the copyright owner.

 

I hope that the information provided is useful to you. However, if you are
dissatisfied, you should set out in writing your grounds for complaint and
send to: Assurance Team, 3^rd Floor, Civic Centre, Darwall Street,
Walsall, WS1 1TP.

 

If you are not content with the outcome of your complaint, you may apply
directly to the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) for a decision.
Please remember that, generally, the ICO cannot make a decision unless you
have first exhausted the complaints procedure provided by the council. The
Information Commissioner can be contacted at: The Information
Commissioner’s Office, Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow, Cheshire SK9
5AF. [1]https://ico.org.uk/global/contact-us/

 

Regards

 

Vanessa Holding

 

Lead Assurance Officer

Assurance Team, Resources and Transformation

Walsall Metropolitan Borough Council

3rd Floor (HR Suite), Civic Centre, Darwall Street, Walsall, WS1 1DG

Tel: 01922 65 2509           

Email: [email address]

Web: [2]www.walsall.gov.uk

 

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Dear Walsall Metropolitan Borough Council,

 

Please can you provide the following information under the Freedom of
Information Act:

 

1 - How many qualified social workers were working on a temporary (agency)
basis at the Council on Monday 20th May 2019, split by:

 

a) Children’s Services social work roles

 

b) Adults’ Services social work roles

 

2 – What was the total spend by your organisation on temporary (agency)
social work professionals during the financial year 1/4/18 to 31/3/19?

 

Yours faithfully,

 

Jim Ward

 

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Dear InformationRights,

Please can you advise when this information will be available?

Yours sincerely,

Jim Ward

InformationRights, Walsall Metropolitan Borough Council

Dear Mr Ward, I have checked our database and can see that a response was made to you on 26th June. I will forward this to you.

Kind regards

Yvonne Jackson
Assurance Officer
Assurance Team, Resources and Transformation
Walsall Metropolitan Borough Council
3rd Floor (HR Suite), Civic Centre, Darwall Street, Walsall, WS1 1DG
Tel: 01922 650487
Text-phone: 0845 111 2910
Free-phone: 0800 085 6018
SMS: Text Walsall SCC to 60003           
Web: www.walsall.gov.uk
 
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dangos adrannau a ddyfynnir

InformationRights, Walsall Metropolitan Borough Council

Dear Mr Ward here is the original response ( below)

 

Kind regards

 

Yvonne Jackson

Assurance Officer

Assurance Team, Resources and Transformation

Walsall Metropolitan Borough Council

3rd Floor (HR Suite), Civic Centre, Darwall Street, Walsall, WS1 1DG

Tel: 01922 650487

Text-phone: 0845 111 2910

Free-phone: 0800 085 6018

SMS: Text Walsall SCC to 60003           

 

Web: [1]www.walsall.gov.uk

 

 Disclaimer: IF THIS EMAIL IS MARKED PRIVATE OR CONFIDENTIAL - PLEASE
RESPECT THAT AND DO NOT FORWARD IT TO ANYONE ELSE WITHOUT THE EXPRESS
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explicitly stated.  If you have received this message in error it must be
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personal and not necessarily those of Walsall MBC unless explicitly
stated.  E-mails sent or received from Walsall MBC may be intercepted and
read by the Council.  Interception will only occur to ensure compliance
with Council policies or procedures or regulatory obligations, to prevent
or deter crime, or for the purposes of essential maintenance or support of
the e-mail system. You should also be aware that any email may be subject
of a request under Data Protection, Freedom of Information or
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From: Vanessa Holding On Behalf Of InformationRights
Sent: 26 June 2019 11:30
To: '[FOI #581448 email]'
Subject: Freedom of Information Request RFI0841/19

 

Dear Mr Ward

 

Freedom of Information Request RFI0841/19

 

Further to your request for information regarding agency social workers, I
am now in a position to respond and hence I can tell you the following:

 

Your request and our response

 

Your request:

 

1 - How many qualified social workers were working on a temporary (agency)
basis at the Council on Monday 20th May 2019, split by:

 

a) Children’s Services social work roles

 

b) Adults’ Services social work roles

 

Our response; We are unable to provide the number of agency social workers
employed on Monday 20^th May 2019 as there remains outstanding invoices
still being processed for this period. Calculation of the number is not
routinely available by other means as details of agency workers are not
held on our HR system.

 

Your request:

 

2 – What was the total spend by your organisation on temporary (agency)
social work professionals during the financial year 1/4/18 to 31/3/19?

 

Our response: Total spend for 2018/19 was £3,888,264.89

 

I hope that this information meets your need.

 

Most of the information that we provide in response to Freedom of
Information Act 2000 and Environmental Information Regulations 2004
requests will be subject to copyright protection.  In most cases the
copyright will be owned by Walsall Council. The copyright in respect of
other information may be owned by another person or organisation, as
indicated.

 

You are free to use any information supplied to you in response to this
request for your own non-commercial research or private study purposes.
The information may also be used for any other purpose allowed by a
limitation or exception in copyright law, such as news reporting.
 However, any other type of re-use, for example by publishing the
information in analogue or digital form, including on the internet, will
require the permission of the copyright owner.

 

I hope that the information provided is useful to you. However, if you are
dissatisfied, you should set out in writing your grounds for complaint and
send to: Assurance Team, 3^rd Floor, Civic Centre, Darwall Street,
Walsall, WS1 1TP.

 

If you are not content with the outcome of your complaint, you may apply
directly to the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) for a decision.
Please remember that, generally, the ICO cannot make a decision unless you
have first exhausted the complaints procedure provided by the council. The
Information Commissioner can be contacted at: The Information
Commissioner’s Office, Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow, Cheshire SK9
5AF. [2]https://ico.org.uk/global/contact-us/

 

Regards

 

Vanessa Holding

 

Lead Assurance Officer

Assurance Team, Resources and Transformation

Walsall Metropolitan Borough Council

3rd Floor (HR Suite), Civic Centre, Darwall Street, Walsall, WS1 1DG

Tel: 01922 65 2509           

Web: [3]www.walsall.gov.uk

 

Disclaimer: IF THIS EMAIL IS MARKED PRIVATE OR CONFIDENTIAL - PLEASE
RESPECT THAT AND DO NOT FORWARD IT TO ANYONE ELSE WITHOUT THE EXPRESS
PERMISSION OF THE AUTHOR. The information in this message should be
regarded as confidential and is intended for the addressee only unless
explicitly stated.  If you have received this message in error it must be
deleted and the sender notified.  The views expressed in this message are
personal and not necessarily those of Walsall MBC unless explicitly
stated.  E-mails sent or received from Walsall MBC may be intercepted and
read by the Council.  Interception will only occur to ensure compliance
with Council policies or procedures or regulatory obligations, to prevent
or deter crime, or for the purposes of essential maintenance or support of
the e-mail system. You should also be aware that any email may be subject
of a request under Data Protection, Freedom of Information or
Environmental Information legislation and therefore could be disclosed to
third parties..

 

E-mail Security: Communication by internet email is not secure as messages
can be intercepted and read by someone else. Therefore we strongly advise
you not to email any information, which if disclosed to unrelated third
parties would be likely to cause you distress. If you have an enquiry of
this nature please provide a postal address to allow us to communicate
with you in a more secure way. If you want us to respond by email you must
realise that there can be no guarantee of privacy.

 

CAUTION:This email originated from outside of the council. Do not click
links or open attachments unless you are sure the content is safe.

 

Dear Walsall Metropolitan Borough Council,

 

Please can you provide the following information under the Freedom of
Information Act:

 

1 - How many qualified social workers were working on a temporary (agency)
basis at the Council on Monday 20th May 2019, split by:

 

a) Children’s Services social work roles

 

b) Adults’ Services social work roles

 

2 – What was the total spend by your organisation on temporary (agency)
social work professionals during the financial year 1/4/18 to 31/3/19?

 

Yours faithfully,

 

Jim Ward

 

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