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Council's social work provision for children and adults

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Dear Rochdale 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 Unit, Rochdale Metropolitan Borough Council

Dear Requestor,
RE: - Request For Information

Thank you for your request for information held by Rochdale Council which
was received by us on 11/06/2018 00:00 regarding INT-303516-J5F5Z7:
Council's social work provision for children and adults  .

I write to advise you that your request has been allocated to the
department best able to deal with your queries, and will be considered
under the Freedom of Information Act.

Under the Act we are required to provide a response within 20 working days
however we do endeavor to provide a response at the earliest opportunity.

Should you have any queries, please contact us using the details below.

Yours sincerely,

Information Governance Unit
Customers & ICT
Floor 2, Number One Riverside
Smith Street, Rochdale, OL16 1XU
 
Email: [1][Rochdale Council request email]

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As a public body, Rochdale Borough Council may be required to disclose
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FOI, Rochdale Metropolitan Borough Council

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Dear Matt & Anais

 

In response to your request for information under the Freedom of
Information Act received by Rochdale Council on 11^th June 2018 please see
the attached response in relation to your queries.

 

We feel that we have fulfilled your Freedom of Information request. 
However, please see the details on our [1]website if you are unhappy with
the service you have received in relation to your request, wish to make a
complaint or appeal against any decision we have made in response to your
request.

 

Should you have any queries, please contact me.

 

Yours sincerely,

 

Information Governance Unit

Customers & ICT

Floor 2, Number One Riverside

Smith Street, Rochdale, OL16 1XU

 

Email: [2][Rochdale Council request email]

 

 

 

This email, its contents and any attachments are intended only for the
above named. As the email may contain confidential and/or legally
privileged information, if you are not, or suspect that you are not, the
above named or the person responsible for delivery of the message to the
above named, please delete or destroy the email and any attachments
immediately and inform the sender of the error. Unauthorised access, use,
disclosure, storage or copying is not permitted and may be unlawful.  The
views of the author may not necessarily reflect those of Rochdale Borough
Council.  

Rochdale Borough Council undertakes monitoring of both incoming and
outgoing e-mails. You should therefore be aware that if you send an e-mail
to a person within Rochdale Borough Council it may be subject to any
monitoring deemed necessary by Rochdale Borough Council from time to time.
Rochdale Borough Council cannot guarantee that this message or any
attachment is virus free or has not been intercepted and amended.

As a public body, Rochdale Borough Council may be required to disclose
this email (or any response to it) under the Freedom of Information Act
2000, unless the information in it is covered by one of the exemptions
within the Act.

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2. mailto:[Rochdale Council request email]

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