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Dear Manchester City 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,

Bob Lee

foi@manchester.gov.uk, Manchester City Council

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Manchester City Council

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foi@manchester.gov.uk, Manchester City Council

Date: 29 April 2021

 

Dear Bob Lee

Re: Request for Information – Agency Workers – Reference
Number: FOI/00004633

 

Thank you for your request for information, which was received by
Manchester City Council on 19 April and has been considered under the
provisions of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (“the 2000 Act”).

 

In response to your request, I have summarised the information as
follows: 

 

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

23

b) Adults’ Services social work roles

26

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?

 £2,993,587.71

 

Re-use of information

 

Information about the re-use of council information is available
at [1]https://secure.manchester.gov.uk/info/10...
If you wish to re-use this information, please follow the application
process described.  Your request will be considered in accordance with the
Re-use of Public Sector Information Regulations 2015.

 

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internal review. If you have received this response by email the best way
to submit a request for internal review is to respond directly to the
email, leaving the email's subject line unchanged. Alternatively, you can
contact the Council's Information Compliance Team
at [2][email address] or Democratic Services Legal Team, PO Box 532,
Town Hall, Manchester, M60 2LA. A copy of the Council’s information rights
complaints procedure can be downloaded
from: [3]http://www.manchester.gov.uk/downloads/d....
If you do not have internet access and require a paper copy, please let me
know. 

 

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you have the right to apply directly to the Information Commissioner for a
decision.

 

The Information Commissioner can be contacted at:

 

Information Commissioner's Office

Wycliffe House

Water Lane

Wilmslow

Cheshire

SK9 5AF

 

Tel: 0303 123 1113

Fax: 01625 524510

[4]www.ico.org.uk

 

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Yours sincerely

 

Gordon Barr

HROD Specialist

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