Use of Agency Social Work Professionals

A Elliott made this Freedom of Information request to London Borough of Barking and Dagenham Council

This request has been closed to new correspondence from the public body. Contact us if you think it ought be re-opened.

The request was partially successful.

Dear Barking & Dagenham Borough Council,

1. a copy of the Matrix, "Neutral Vendor", contract and fee schedules for recruitment to Barking & Dagenham BC

2. all agencies on the Matrix contract for the supply of social workers, senior practitioners, assistant team managers, team managers and service managers (referred to from now as "qualified social work professionals") to Barking & Dagenham BC

3. all agencies currently supplying Barking & Dagenham BC with agency social work professionals

4. the total number of qualified social work professionals currently working on an agency basis at Barking & Dagenham BC

5. the number and grade of qualified social work professionals currently working on an agency basis at Barking & Dagenham BC by supplier

6. the number and grade of qualified social work professionals currently working on an agency basis at Barking & Dagenham BC by department

7. the pay and agency charge rate of each qualified social work professional currently working on an agency basis at Barking & Dagenham BC by department

8. the fiscal budget for qualified social work professional recruitment through agencies for 2009-2010

9. the fiscal budget for qualified social work professional recruitment through agencies for 2010-2011

10. the total fiscal spend on agency qualified social work professionals by department for the last 12 months

11. the total fiscal spend on agency qualified social work professionals by agency for the last 12 months

Yours faithfully,

A Elliott

Clist Julie, London Borough of Barking and Dagenham Council

Dear A Elliot

Thank you for your e-mail received 19 March 2010 requesting information regarding social workers and Matrix..

Michael Fenn will arrange for the information to be provided to you no later than 20 April 2010.

Whilst it is the Council's policy to provide information wherever possible, I need to advise you that there are a number of exemptions under the Freedom of Information Act 2000. These may prevent me from releasing all or some of the information you have asked for. You will, however be informed if this is the case and why.

Yours sincerely

Julie Clist
Business Support Officer
Corporate Complaints & FOI Team
London Borough of Barking & Dagenham
Room 104 Town Hall
1 Town Square
Barking
IG11 7HE
020 8227 2875

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Dear Mr A Elliot

Request for information LBBD:44761

Your request for information has now been considered and the information is below;

1. a copy of the Matrix, "Neutral Vendor", contract and fee schedules for recruitment to Barking & Dagenham BC

Please see attached

2. all agencies on the Matrix contract for the supply of social workers, senior practitioners, assistant team managers, team managers and service managers (referred to from now as "qualified social work professionals") to Barking & Dagenham BC

She sheet 1 of the attached report

3. all agencies currently supplying Barking & Dagenham BC with agency social work professionals

Also on Sheet 1 of the attached report

4. the total number of qualified social work professionals currently working on an agency basis at Barking & Dagenham BC

The total number of enabled placements at LBBD is 47

5. the number and grade of qualified social work professionals currently working on an agency basis at Barking & Dagenham BC by supplier

Unfortunately Matrix SCM do not have this information

6. the number and grade of qualified social work professionals currently working on an agency basis at Barking & Dagenham BC by department

Unfortunately Matrix SCM do not have this information

7. the pay and agency charge rate of each qualified social work professional currently working on an agency basis at Barking & Dagenham BC by department

The pay rates for each job title within the Social Care - Qualified job category. Matrix SCM would not include the supplier charge as this is clearly information about our pricing, which (as well as any specific operational practices) should be treated as commercially sensitive in accordance with the exemption set out in section 43(2) FOA

8. the fiscal budget for qualified social work professional recruitment through agencies for 2009-2010

9. the fiscal budget for qualified social work professional recruitment through agencies for 2010-2011

10. the total fiscal spend on agency qualified social work professionals by department for the last 12 months

11. the total fiscal spend on agency qualified social work professionals by agency for the last 12 months

To break this information down to this extent would exceed the maximum charge for dealing with FOI requests, which is £450 per request. The limit of £450 equates to 18 hours work @ £25/hr.

Please see the charges for 08 to 10 below

2009/10

2008/09

2,635,744

3,264,248

If you need any more information, or if I can be of any further help, please contact me.

If you are not satisfied with the way that I have dealt with your request you can make a complaint by writing to the Corporate Complaints & FOI Team, Room 104, Town Hall, 1 Town Square, Barking IG11 7HE. Alternatively you can make your complaint on-line at www.barking-dagenham.gov.uk <http://www.barking-dagenham.gov.uk/> or you can e-mail your complaint to [Barking & Dagenham Borough Council request email].

If you are still not satisfied, after following our Corporate Complaints procedure, you can take your complaint to the Information Commissioner. Full details of how to do this will be made available on request.

Yours sincerely

Michael Fenn | Senior Information Officer

London Borough of Barking and Dagenham | Room B34 Civic Centre | Dagenham | RM10 7BY

Phone: 020 8227 2619 | Fax: 020 8227 2324

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