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Dear Staffordshire County Council,

Please can you provide the following information under the Freedom of Information Act:

1 - How many qualified social workers were working on a temporary (agency) basis at the Council on 1st April 2020, split by:

a) Children’s Services social work roles
b) Adults’ Services social work roles

2 - How many qualified social workers were working on a temporary (agency) basis at the Council on 3rd August 2020, split by:

a) Children’s Services social work roles
b) Adults’ Services social work roles

3 - What was the total spend by your organisation on temporary (agency) social work professionals during the financial year 1/4/19 to 31/3/20?

Yours faithfully,

Rob Parker

Staffordshire County Council

Dear Rob Parker,
 
Thank you for your request for information received by Staffordshire
County Council on 20/08/2020.
Your request is being dealt with under the terms of the Freedom of
Information Act 2000 and will be answered within twenty working days. 

**Coronavirus (COVID-19)**

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Yours sincerely,
 
Access Team

Portch, David (Corporate), Staffordshire County Council

Dear Rob Parker

Thank you for your request for information.

Please find information provided by the relevant service team(s) below.

1 - How many qualified social workers were working on a temporary (agency) basis at the Council on 1st April 2020, split by:
a) Children’s Services social work roles 32
b) Adults’ Services social work roles 5

2 - How many qualified social workers were working on a temporary (agency) basis at the Council on 3rd August 2020, split by:
a) Children’s Services social work roles 54
b) Adults’ Services social work roles 6

3 - What was the total spend by your organisation on temporary (agency) social work professionals during the financial year 1/4/19 to 31/3/20? £4.55m

If you have any comments relating to how your request has been handled by our authority you should contact us in the first instance.  Send your comment or complaint to:

Access Manager, Access Team, Staffordshire County Council, 2 Staffordshire Place, Stafford ST16 2DH or email [Staffordshire County Council request email]

If you then have any further comments relating to how your request has been handled by our authority, please contact the Information Commissioner, Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow, Cheshire SK9 5AF.

Regards
  
David Portch

Access Team
Staffordshire County Council
1 Staffordshire Place
Stafford
ST16 2DH

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