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Dear Wiltshire 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

FOI, Wiltshire Council

Ms Mary Watts.

Freedom of Information Request Case ID 202100122

Thank you for your request for information received on 26 April 2021 in which you asked for the following information:

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?

Your request is being processed under the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 and you will receive a response within 20 working days of receipt of your request, meaning you will receive a response on or before 25 May 2021.

Regards,

Kyle.McCormack

Information Governance Team

Legal and Governance

Wiltshire Council

[Wiltshire Council request email]

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FOI, Wiltshire Council

Dear Ms Mary Watts

Freedom of Information Request Case ID 202100122

Thank you for your request for information received on 26 April 2021, in which you asked for the following information:

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?

Under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (the Act) the Council is obliged to:
◾Let you know whether we hold the information you have requested
◾Provide you with the requested information, if held, (subject to any exemptions to disclosure that may apply)

I can confirm that the council holds the information you requested which 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 - 15

b) Adults’ Services social work roles - 12

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? £2.7 million

Information supplied under the Act may be subject to protection under the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988. You may use the information we have provided in response to your request under the terms of the Open Government Licence.

If you are dissatisfied with the response to your request you can ask for a review of the handling of your request for information. Details of the complaints procedure are below.

Regards,

Kyle McCormack

Information Governance Team

Legal and Governance

Wiltshire Council

[Wiltshire Council request email]

Freedom of Information Complaints and Review Procedure

Any person who has requested information from Wiltshire Council which has been dealt with under the Freedom of Information Act is entitled to make a complaint and request an internal review of the handling of their request if they are dissatisfied with the response they have received.

Requests for review of a Freedom of Information requests should be made, in writing, which includes email, to:

Freedom of Information and Records Lead

Information Governance Team

Legal and Governance

Wiltshire Council

[Wiltshire Council request email]

Please include the Case ID number, the date of your request and details of why you are asking for a review. Requests for a review should be brought to our attention within 40 calendar days of our response to your request.

Any request for a review will be acknowledged in writing confirming the reasons for the review. The review will be allocated to someone who is independent of the original decision. The person conducting the review will set a target date for a response with the intention to complete the review within 20 working days. In more complex cases the review may take up to 40 working days.

The reviewer will conduct a full review of the handling of the request for information and the decisions taken, including decisions taken about where the public interest lies in respect of exempt information where applicable. The review enables a re-evaluation of the case taking into account any matters raised by the requester.

On completion of the review the reviewer will contact the requester with the result of the review. If the requester is still dissatisfied with the council's handling of their request they should contact the Information Commissioners Office (ICO). The ICO can be contacted using the following details:

Information Commissioners Office

Wycliffe House

Water Lane

Wilmslow

Cheshire

SK9 5AF

Tel; 0303 123 1113 (local rate)

01625 545 745 (national rate)

Email; [email address]

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