Statistics around agency spend in Social Services for 2017

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Shelley Stonehouse

Dear Stockport Metropolitan Borough Council,

Can you please provide the following information around Agency workers and overall spend in 2017 within your social services departments

Children's Services - current agency workers
How many agency Team Managers
How many agency Snr Practitioners
How many agency Qualified Social Workers

Adults Services - current workers
How many agency Team Managers
How many agency Snr Practitioners
How many agency Social Workers
How many agency AMHP's

Can you please confirm what your overall spend in Adults Services has been on the above roles from Jan 2017 - Oct 2017
Can you please confirm what your overall spend in Children's services has been on the above roles from Jan 17 - Oct 17

Can you please confirm who your master vendor is for the supply of agency staff into social services

Can you please confirm the % of filled roles via your master vendor in Social Services for the above roles and the value of spend from Jan - Oct 2017 on these placements

Can you please confirm the % of filled roles via Off contract agencies in Social Services for the above roles and the value of spend from Jan - Oct 2017 on these placements.

Yours faithfully,

Shelley Stonehouse
National Account Manager

FOI Officer, Stockport Metropolitan Borough Council

Dear Ms Stonehouse,

Thank you for your request for information (FOI 44951) submitted under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 which has been given the above mentioned reference number. Please quote this on any correspondence regarding your request.

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Yours sincerely,

Daniel Dilworth
CSS Officer
Information Governance, Stopford House (Upper Ground South)
Stockport Metropolitan Borough Council, SK1 3XE
0161 474 5147

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FOI Officer, Stockport Metropolitan Borough Council

Dear Ms Stonehouse,

 

I am writing in response to your request for information (ref FOI 44951).

 

The relevant Council Service(s) has searched for the requested information
and our response is as follows.

 

                                  

 

Can you please provide the following information around Agency workers and
overall spend in 2017 within your social services departments

 

Children's Services - current agency workers How many agency Team Managers
How many agency Snr Practitioners How many agency Qualified Social Workers

 

Adults Services - current workers

How many agency Team Managers

How many agency Snr Practitioners

How many agency Social Workers

How many agency AMHP's

 

Can you please confirm what your overall spend in Adults Services has been
on the above roles from Jan 2017 - Oct 2017 Can you please confirm what
your overall spend in Children's services has been on the above roles from
Jan 17 - Oct 17

 

Can you please confirm who your master vendor is for the supply of agency
staff into social services

 

Can you please confirm the % of filled roles via your master vendor in
Social Services for the above roles and the value of spend from Jan - Oct
2017 on these placements

 

Can you please confirm the % of filled roles via Off contract agencies in
Social Services for the above roles and the value of spend from Jan - Oct
2017 on these placements.

 

Children        No workers

Team Managers   2

Snr Practitioners       2

Social Workers  21

AMHP                    0

Total cost for 2017 is £618,689

 

Adults               No workers

Team Managers   1

Snr Practitioners       0

Social Workers  20

AMHP                            3

Total cost for 2017 is £329,584

 

The master vendor is Reed Recruitment.

 

The remainder of the information you have requested is exempt under
Section 43 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 as it is considered
commercially sensitive.

 

We believe that by releasing this information it would be against the
councils commercial interests as well as that of the companies.

 

However as Section 43 is not an absolute exemption I have detailed a
public interest test below outlining this decision.

 

Reasons in favour:

 

o Stockport Council is committed to transparency and releasing this
information would be in line with that.

 

Reasons against:

 

·         Information about percentages of fill rates are metrics that can
be interpreted to analyse business performance, thus having a direct
bearing on the commercial interests of the company mentioned above.

·         Although it is appreciated that releasing any information will
serve the purpose of making public authorities more accountable and
transparent in their activities, it is also noted that in this scenario
there is only a marginal benefit in releasing such data to the wider
public.

 

In consideration the reasons against outweigh the reasons in favour and
the exemption is applied.

 

 

 

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Yours sincerely,

 

Daniel Dilworth

CSS Officer

Information Governance, Stopford House (Upper Ground South)

Stockport Metropolitan Borough Council, SK1 3XE

0161 474 5147

 

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