Dear Southend on Sea 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,

Bob Lee

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Roy Moore, Southend on Sea Borough Council

To: Bob Lee

 

My Ref: FOI 10655

 

I am writing in response to your request for information, which was
received on 22^nd April 2021

Please find below the details of your request, with the response in Bold.

 

Enquiry

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 Social Workers

b) Adults’ Services social work roles, 11 Social Workers

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?
£870,392

 

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