Council's social work provision for children and adults

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Dear North Tyneside Metropolitan Borough Council,

This request concerns the Council's social work provision for both children and adults for the 2015-16, 2016-17, and 2017-18 budget years.

Should the following questions exceed your time and budgetary restrictions, we ask that as per Section 16 of the Freedom of Information Act you kindly assist us in formulating our request before the statutory 20 days waiting time. We are available to discuss this over the phone on 07940074548 if more convenient.

First, please provide a basic definition for permanent social workers and a definition for agency workers (i.e. staff who are used temporarily to cover shortfalls in permanent staffing levels).

Then for each of the three years separately, please detail:

Wage:
a) the average annual salary for permanent social workers in the team, and the annual salary for the most junior level of permanent social worker you employ.
b) The hourly equivalent of these annual salaries, based only on working hours and not on allotted annual leave, bank holidays, development days etc. (i.e. annual salary divided by contracted work hours)
c) the average hourly wage for agency staff.
d) the agency fee, and how this works, i.e. is it a one off up-front cost or an hourly commission for each agency staff member? If it is the latter, please highlight whether this is included within the hourly agency staff wage or is an additional cost on top.

Hours:
a) the total number of annual contracted hours for permanent social workers. Please divide this into working hours, and non-working hours (i.e. annual leave entitlement, bank holidays, development days etc.).
b) the actual number of permanent staff hours worked in total across the whole team.
c) the actual number of agency staff hours worked in total.
d) The percentage of total agency hours that covered permanent staff vacancies, rather than maternity or sick leave.
e) the average timeframe that individual agency staff members worked within the service (i.e. how long do they normally stay?).

Benefits:
a) Any additional benefits offered/given to permanent staff members including pension contributions (and the total cost of these), and any additional benefits offered/given to agency staff members, including pension contributions (and the total cost of these).
b) Any costs that permanent staff members can claim back, but which agency staff members have to absorb themselves - for example travel/petrol costs. In such cases, please detail the total cost of these permanent staff claims.
c) Any incentives you offer as part of the recruitment of social workers, either to social workers themselves or recruitment consultants, for example relocation packages (and the cost of these).

Total Cost:
a) The total cost of permanent staff members and the total cost of agency staff members.

Then, looking at the current situation:
How many permanent full time equivalent staff members are currently employed?
how many full time equivalent agency staff are currently employed covering permanent positions (not maternity or sick leave)?
What are the names of the agencies used by the council to provide temporary social workers?
What was the number of applications you had for the last five permanent social worker roles that were advertised (and over what time-period this was)?

If there are questions for which you do not hold the information, please tell us why this is, where this information can be found, and who to contact.

Please provide all information in a machine readable format, i.e. an Excel spreadsheet or similar, and not in a scanned pdf format.

Thank you in advance,

Matt Richards and Anais Charles

FOI Officer, North Tyneside Metropolitan Borough Council

Dear Matt Richards and Anais Charles

 

FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT 2000 - REQUEST FOR INFORMATION

 

In all further correspondence please quote our reference FOI0038.  Thank
you for your request for information. 

 

Your request was received on 11/06/2018 and the Council is dealing with it
under the terms of the Freedom of Information Act 2000. 

 

As required by the legislation, the Council aims to answer your request
promptly, but no later than 20 working days after receipt. As stated in
the Information Commissioner’s guidance, Awareness Guidance 11 Time for
Compliance, the 20 working day clock starts the day after the Council
received the request. The due date has been calculated to be 09/07/18. 

 

If the information you have requested contains reference to a third party,
then they may be consulted prior to a decision being taken on whether or
not to release the information to you.

 

Very occasionally, fees may be payable for the supply of information under
the Freedom of Information Act.  This will be considered, and if fees are
payable in respect of this request the Council will contact you before
proceeding in order to be sure that you are happy to go ahead.  Any fees
that do apply must be paid before the information is processed and
released.

 

Please note that an anonymised copy of our response to your request may be
published in the Council’s Disclosure Log where appropriate.  This is a
record of responses to completed requests for information that the Council
has received and dealt with under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 and
Environmental Information Regulations 2004 from 6 July 2009 onwards.

 

The Council’s Disclosure Log is available online at the following address:

 

[1]http://my.northtyneside.gov.uk/category/...

 

If you have any queries in the meantime, please do not hesitate to contact
us.

 

 

Regards

Geoff Snary

Senior Information Governance Officer

[2]North Tyneside Council

 

Tel: 0191 643 5623  Fax: 0191 643 2451

 

[3]www.northtyneside.gov.uk 

 

From: M Richards [mailto:[FOI #490597 email]]
Sent: 11 June 2018 13:25
To: FOI Officer
Subject: Freedom of Information request - Council's social work provision
for children and adults [Scanned]

 

*** PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS EMAIL HAS ORIGINATED FROM AN EXTERNAL SENDER ***
Dear North Tyneside Metropolitan Borough Council,

This request concerns the Council's social work provision for both
children and adults for the 2015-16, 2016-17, and 2017-18 budget years.

Should the following questions exceed your time and budgetary
restrictions, we ask that as per Section 16 of the Freedom of Information
Act you kindly assist us in formulating our request before the statutory
20 days waiting time. We are available to discuss this over the phone on
07940074548 if more convenient.

First, please provide a basic definition for permanent social workers and
a definition for agency workers (i.e. staff who are used temporarily to
cover shortfalls in permanent staffing levels).

Then for each of the three years separately, please detail:

Wage:
a) the average annual salary for permanent social workers in the team, and
the annual salary for the most junior level of permanent social worker you
employ.
b) The hourly equivalent of these annual salaries, based only on working
hours and not on allotted annual leave, bank holidays, development days
etc. (i.e. annual salary divided by contracted work hours)
c) the average hourly wage for agency staff.
d) the agency fee, and how this works, i.e. is it a one off up-front cost
or an hourly commission for each agency staff member? If it is the latter,
please highlight whether this is included within the hourly agency staff
wage or is an additional cost on top.

Hours:
a) the total number of annual contracted hours for permanent social
workers. Please divide this into working hours, and non-working hours
(i.e. annual leave entitlement, bank holidays, development days etc.).
b) the actual number of permanent staff hours worked in total across the
whole team.
c) the actual number of agency staff hours worked in total.
d) The percentage of total agency hours that covered permanent staff
vacancies, rather than maternity or sick leave.
e) the average timeframe that individual agency staff members worked
within the service (i.e. how long do they normally stay?).

Benefits:
a) Any additional benefits offered/given to permanent staff members
including pension contributions (and the total cost of these), and any
additional benefits offered/given to agency staff members, including
pension contributions (and the total cost of these).
b) Any costs that permanent staff members can claim back, but which agency
staff members have to absorb themselves - for example travel/petrol costs.
In such cases, please detail the total cost of these permanent staff
claims.
c) Any incentives you offer as part of the recruitment of social workers,
either to social workers themselves or recruitment consultants, for
example relocation packages (and the cost of these).

Total Cost:
a) The total cost of permanent staff members and the total cost of agency
staff members.

Then, looking at the current situation:
How many permanent full time equivalent staff members are currently
employed?
how many full time equivalent agency staff are currently employed covering
permanent positions (not maternity or sick leave)?
What are the names of the agencies used by the council to provide
temporary social workers?
What was the number of applications you had for the last five permanent
social worker roles that were advertised (and over what time-period this
was)?

If there are questions for which you do not hold the information, please
tell us why this is, where this information can be found, and who to
contact.

Please provide all information in a machine readable format, i.e. an Excel
spreadsheet or similar, and not in a scanned pdf format.

Thank you in advance,

Matt Richards and Anais Charles

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FOI Officer, North Tyneside Metropolitan Borough Council

Dear Matt Richards and Anais Charles

 

FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT 2000 - REQUEST FOR INFORMATION

 

In all further correspondence please quote our reference RFI FOI0038

 

We are unable to process your request because clarification is required.

 

Would you clarify if it is purely those posts identified as Social Workers
as the Council has qualified Social Workers who occupy a post which is
named differently if they have additional responsibilities

 

The 20 working day timescale for responding to your request is suspended
until we have received further information.

 

Once you have provided clarification the 20 working day timescale will
resume and your request will then be considered and you will receive the
information requested, subject to the application of any exemptions that
might apply.

 

If you have any queries in the meantime, please do not hesitate to contact
me.

 

Please note if no response is received within 90 days the request will be
closed. If clarification is provided after this time we will deal with
this as a new request.

 

 

 

Regards

 

Geoff Snary

Senior Information Governance Officer

[1]North Tyneside Council

 

Tel: 0191 643 5623  Fax: 0191 643 2451

 

[2]www.northtyneside.gov.uk 

 

 

From: Geoff.Snary On Behalf Of FOI Officer
Sent: 12 June 2018 14:33
To: M Richards
Cc: FOI Officer
Subject: RE: Freedom of Information request - Council's social work
provision for children and adults [Scanned]

 

Dear Matt Richards and Anais Charles

 

FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT 2000 - REQUEST FOR INFORMATION

 

In all further correspondence please quote our reference FOI0038.  Thank
you for your request for information. 

 

Your request was received on 11/06/2018 and the Council is dealing with it
under the terms of the Freedom of Information Act 2000. 

 

As required by the legislation, the Council aims to answer your request
promptly, but no later than 20 working days after receipt. As stated in
the Information Commissioner’s guidance, Awareness Guidance 11 Time for
Compliance, the 20 working day clock starts the day after the Council
received the request. The due date has been calculated to be 09/07/18. 

 

If the information you have requested contains reference to a third party,
then they may be consulted prior to a decision being taken on whether or
not to release the information to you.

 

Very occasionally, fees may be payable for the supply of information under
the Freedom of Information Act.  This will be considered, and if fees are
payable in respect of this request the Council will contact you before
proceeding in order to be sure that you are happy to go ahead.  Any fees
that do apply must be paid before the information is processed and
released.

 

Please note that an anonymised copy of our response to your request may be
published in the Council’s Disclosure Log where appropriate.  This is a
record of responses to completed requests for information that the Council
has received and dealt with under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 and
Environmental Information Regulations 2004 from 6 July 2009 onwards.

 

The Council’s Disclosure Log is available online at the following address:

 

[3]http://my.northtyneside.gov.uk/category/...

 

If you have any queries in the meantime, please do not hesitate to contact
us.

 

 

Regards

Geoff Snary

Senior Information Governance Officer

[4]North Tyneside Council

 

Tel: 0191 643 5623  Fax: 0191 643 2451

 

[5]www.northtyneside.gov.uk 

 

From: M Richards [[6]mailto:[FOI #490597 email]]
Sent: 11 June 2018 13:25
To: FOI Officer
Subject: Freedom of Information request - Council's social work provision
for children and adults [Scanned]

 

*** PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS EMAIL HAS ORIGINATED FROM AN EXTERNAL SENDER ***
Dear North Tyneside Metropolitan Borough Council,

This request concerns the Council's social work provision for both
children and adults for the 2015-16, 2016-17, and 2017-18 budget years.

Should the following questions exceed your time and budgetary
restrictions, we ask that as per Section 16 of the Freedom of Information
Act you kindly assist us in formulating our request before the statutory
20 days waiting time. We are available to discuss this over the phone on
07940074548 if more convenient.

First, please provide a basic definition for permanent social workers and
a definition for agency workers (i.e. staff who are used temporarily to
cover shortfalls in permanent staffing levels).

Then for each of the three years separately, please detail:

Wage:
a) the average annual salary for permanent social workers in the team, and
the annual salary for the most junior level of permanent social worker you
employ.
b) The hourly equivalent of these annual salaries, based only on working
hours and not on allotted annual leave, bank holidays, development days
etc. (i.e. annual salary divided by contracted work hours)
c) the average hourly wage for agency staff.
d) the agency fee, and how this works, i.e. is it a one off up-front cost
or an hourly commission for each agency staff member? If it is the latter,
please highlight whether this is included within the hourly agency staff
wage or is an additional cost on top.

Hours:
a) the total number of annual contracted hours for permanent social
workers. Please divide this into working hours, and non-working hours
(i.e. annual leave entitlement, bank holidays, development days etc.).
b) the actual number of permanent staff hours worked in total across the
whole team.
c) the actual number of agency staff hours worked in total.
d) The percentage of total agency hours that covered permanent staff
vacancies, rather than maternity or sick leave.
e) the average timeframe that individual agency staff members worked
within the service (i.e. how long do they normally stay?).

Benefits:
a) Any additional benefits offered/given to permanent staff members
including pension contributions (and the total cost of these), and any
additional benefits offered/given to agency staff members, including
pension contributions (and the total cost of these).
b) Any costs that permanent staff members can claim back, but which agency
staff members have to absorb themselves - for example travel/petrol costs.
In such cases, please detail the total cost of these permanent staff
claims.
c) Any incentives you offer as part of the recruitment of social workers,
either to social workers themselves or recruitment consultants, for
example relocation packages (and the cost of these).

Total Cost:
a) The total cost of permanent staff members and the total cost of agency
staff members.

Then, looking at the current situation:
How many permanent full time equivalent staff members are currently
employed?
how many full time equivalent agency staff are currently employed covering
permanent positions (not maternity or sick leave)?
What are the names of the agencies used by the council to provide
temporary social workers?
What was the number of applications you had for the last five permanent
social worker roles that were advertised (and over what time-period this
was)?

If there are questions for which you do not hold the information, please
tell us why this is, where this information can be found, and who to
contact.

Please provide all information in a machine readable format, i.e. an Excel
spreadsheet or similar, and not in a scanned pdf format.

Thank you in advance,

Matt Richards and Anais Charles

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[7][FOI #490597 email]

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so, please contact us using this form:
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Please note that in some cases publication of requests and responses will
be delayed.

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manager to link to us from your organisation's FOI page.

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