Use of Agency social workers

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Dear Northumberland 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 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,

Rob Parker

Northumberland County Council

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Northumberland County Council
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Northumberland
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Northumberland County Council

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Dear Enquirer,  

  

FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT REQUEST  

  

I refer to your Freedom of Information request in relation to use of
Agency Social Workers.  
  
Right of Access  
  
Section 1(1) of the Act provides any person making a request for
information to a public authority is entitled.  
  
(a) to be informed in writing by the public authority whether it holds
information of the description specified in the request (which Section
1(6) of the Act designates as the "duty to confirm or deny"), and  
  
(b) if that is the case, to have that information communicated to him.  
  
The right is to obtain access to the information itself and not to the
document or record which contains it.  
  
The Act creates a general right of access to information held by public
authorities subject to various exemptions.  
  

Northumberland County Council confirms that it holds the information you
have requested, please see the following information in response.  

  

Q.1 How many qualified social workers were working on a temporary (agency)
basis at the Council on 1st April 2021, split by:  
Q.1a Children’s Services social work roles  

A.1a 14  
  

Q.1b Adults’ Services social work roles  
A.1b 4  

  
Q.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?  

A.2  

Adults' Services - FTE 4, £47,170 
Children's Services - FTE 13, £890,671 (inc. MASH - Multi-Agency
Safeguarding Hub) 

 

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