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Dear West Sussex 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,

Mary Watts

westsussex@infreemation.co.uk, West Sussex County Council

Dear Mary Watts

Thank you for your request which has been assigned reference FOI/2313

Freedom of Information request - Use of Agency social workers

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westsussex@infreemation.co.uk, West Sussex County Council

Dear Mary Watts,

Our Ref: FOI/2313

On 26/04/2021 you made the following request for information, which has
been dealt with in accordance with the provisions of the Freedom of
Information Act 2000.

How many agency social workers were in post in Adults'' and Children''s on
April 1st 2021 and what was the cost?

We have now completed a search for the information which you requested and
confirm that this Authority holds data relevant to your request.

The Response to your request is 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

* 79

b) Adults’ Services social work roles

* 31

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?

* Total spend for year 1^st April 2020 to 31^st March 2021 was
£6,605,366

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