Adult's Services Request

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Dear Northumberland County Council,

I would like to establish some information regarding the use for agency labour staff within adult’s services and would be grateful if you could answer the following questions for me:

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 Adult Services? This is in relation to the provision of social workers, senior practitioners, assistant team managers, team managers and service managers within Adult 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 Adult 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?

Yours faithfully,

Scott J Brown

Northumberland County Council

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Dear Enquirer,

INFORMATION REQUEST

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the terms of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 / Environmental
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Information Governance Office
Northumberland County Council
County Hall
Morpeth
Northumberland
NE61 2EF

Tel: 0345 600 6400
Email: [Northumberland County Council request email]
Web: http://www.northumberland.gov.uk

Northumberland County Council

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Dear Enquirer,

FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT REQUEST

I refer to your Freedom of Information request in relation to adult
services request.

Right of Access

Section 1(1) of the Act provides any person making a request for
information to a public authority is entitled.

(a) to be informed in writing by the public authority whether it holds
information of the description specified in the request (which Section
1(6) of the Act designates as the "duty to confirm or deny"), and

(b) if that is the case, to have that information communicated to him.

The right is to obtain access to the information itself and not to the
document or record which contains it.

The Act creates a general right of access to information held by public
authorities subject to various exemptions.

Northumberland County Council confirms that it holds the information you
have requested, please see the following information in response.

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 Adult Services? This is in relation to
the provision of social workers, senior practitioners, assistant team
managers, team managers and service managers within Adult Services
(referred to from now on as “QSWPs”)

 

None.

 

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?

 

No.

 

3.    In the event that you have vacancies filled by other suppliers, how
many temporary QSWPs do you currently have deployed across Adult Services
on an off framework basis (please provide total numbers by SUPPLIER)?

 

No temporary QSWPs are employed on an off contract basis.

 

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?

 

No staff are employed in this way.

 

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?

 

No applicable.

 

6.    How much agency QSWP spend has there been outside of the master
vendor contract from 6th April 2016 to 31^st January 2017?

 

None.

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Information Governance Office
Northumberland County Council
County Hall
Morpeth
NE61 2EF

Email: [Northumberland County Council request email]

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Yours sincerely

FOI Coordinator - Adult & Community Care Services
Information Governance Office
Northumberland County Council
County Hall
Morpeth
Northumberland
NE61 2EF

Tel: 0345 600 6400
Email: [Northumberland County Council request email]
Web: http://www.northumberland.gov.uk