Use of Agency social workers

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Dear Bath and North East Somerset 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 2021, split by:

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

2 - What was the total spend by your organisation on temporary (agency) social work professionals during the financial year 1/4/20 to 31/3/21?

Yours faithfully,

Mary Watts

Information Governance, Bath and North East Somerset Council

Thank you for your request. We can confirm that your request will be logged and dealt with under the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

As you are aware we are experiencing a National Emergency situation and the Council is now focused solely on minimising the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on our local communities. Bath and North East Somerset Council has indeed formally declared the current situation a major incident in accordance with the 2004 Civil Contingencies Act and as a result, all Council resources are now prioritised only on business-critical activity to protect the most vulnerable.

Therefore in terms of responding to your request, please note that almost all Council staff are no longer in the office and are working remotely, either with limited access to information, or in some cases self-isolating, with ongoing impacts on availability, capacity and officer time, across all services.

We are therefore unable to always respond to requests made in accordance with the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) or Environmental Information Regulations (EIR), within the 20 working day time limit, at this time. Instead it is likely that a response to your request will be subject to significant delays due to the Covid-19 pandemic. However, we will respond as soon as we can. Responses to requests made under the Data Protection Act are also very likely to face similar delays.

We apologise for any delay that may occur in responding to these types of requests but are sure you will understand the reasons why. We will keep this position under constant review as the national position evolves.

Further information on council service changes resulting from the impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic can be found on our website at the following link:

https://beta.bathnes.gov.uk/coronavirus

Yours sincerely,

Information Governance Team –
One West
Bath & North East Somerset Council
Telephone: 01225 396658
www.bathnes.gov.uk

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