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Alcohol and drugs testing

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Dear Walsall Metropolitan Borough Council,

Could you please confirm to me the following:

1. Who was the winner of the contract for drugs and alcohol testing of council employees?
2. What is the predicted annual and ongoing cost of this testing?
3. How many times per annum is testing expected to take place?
3. In the discussion with HR committee there were recommendations based on testing 5 or 15% of the workforce per year, what is the current planned percentage of workforce to be tested?
4. How long is the drug testing contract in place for? When will the authority be looking to tender again on this?

Thanks in advance for your assistance.

Yours faithfully,

Marty Banks

InformationRights, Walsall Metropolitan Borough Council

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Dear Mr Banks

 

Request for Information RFI-0966-20

 

Thank you for your request for information relating to Alcohol and drugs
testing which was received on 13 January 2020.

 

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Fakhara Qanwal

 

 

Assurance Team, Resources and Transformation

Walsall Metropolitan Borough Council,

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Walsall, WS1 1DG

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Dear Mr Banks,

 

Freedom of Information Request RFI-0966-20

 

Further to your request for information about Alcohol and drugs testing, I
can tell you the following:

1. Who was the winner of the contract for drugs and alcohol testing of
council employees?

Matrix Diagnostics

2. What is the predicted annual and ongoing cost of this testing?

£8000 per annum

3. How many times per annum is testing expected to take place?

12 times per annum for random testing. 

Cause and suspicion testing will take place as and when required

4. In the discussion with HR committee there were recommendations based on
testing 5 or 15% of the workforce per year, what is the current planned
percentage of workforce to be tested?

5% of the workforce

5. How long is the drug testing contract in place for? When will the
authority be looking to tender again on this?

Contract in place for 2 years, with option to extend for a further year. 
If extended for further year, contract will expire on 12/5/2022

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I hope that the information provided is useful to you. However, if you are
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Centre, Darwall Street, Walsall, WS1 1TP.

 

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Yours sincerely,

Laurie Andrews

 

 

Assurance Team, Resources and Transformation

Walsall Metropolitan Borough Council,

Civic Centre,

Darwall Street,

Walsall, WS1 1DG

Tel: 0800 0856 018

Email: [Walsall Council request email]

Service area: [2]walsall.gov.uk/ Information Governance and Assurance

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