Dear Blackburn with Darwen Borough 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

Accesstoinformation, Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council

Dear Mary,

Thank you for your request for information regarding ‘Use of Agency social workers’ (reference number 07275). Your request was received on the 12/04/21 and I am dealing with it under the terms of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 and/or Environmental Information Regulations 2004.

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Kind Regards,

Fatima Makken
Apprentice Information Governance Officer
Email: [email address]
01254 585852

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Dear Mary

Thank you for your request for information regarding ‘Use of Agency social workers’ (reference number 07275); Please see our response attached/below. If you have any queries regarding your request for information then please don’t hesitate to contact us.

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 11, of which 1 was a team manager role

b) Adults’ Services social work roles 1

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?

Children's £887,634.54

Adults £69,944.03

If you are unhappy with the service you have received in relation to your request for information and wish to make a complaint or request a review of our decision, you should write to: Information Governance Manager, Information Governance, Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council, 3rd Floor, Old Town Hall, Blackburn, Lancashire, BB1 7DY or email [Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council request email]
 
If you are not content with the outcome of your complaint, you may apply directly to the Information Commissioner for a decision. Generally, the ICO cannot make a decision unless you have exhausted the complaints procedure provided by the Council. The Information Commissioner can be contacted at: The Information Commissioner’s Office, Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow, Cheshire SK9 5AF. 
 
Please find attached our 'have your say' feedback policy. 

Kind Regards,

Fatima Makken
Information Governance Officer
Email: [email address]
01254 222527

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