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Dear Wokingham 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

informationrequests, Wokingham Borough Council

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Mr Lee

RE: Information Request Ref No: 14281

Thank you for your FOI request and this is now being considered within the
statutory framework. The due date for a response to be issued is by
25/05/2021. We will contact you should we require further information to
be able to answer your request which will affect the above date.

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FOI Team
Information Governance Team
Communities, Insight and Change
[Wokingham Borough Council request email]

Wokingham Borough Council

Dear Mr Lee

RE: Freedom of Information Request Ref No: 14281

Thank you for your recent communication and I am sorry for the delay. Please find below the information in response to your request.

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: 29
b) Adults’ Services social work roles: 18

2. What was the total spend by your organisation on temporary (agency) social work professionals during the financial year 01/04/2020 to 31/03/2021?
a) Children’s Services: £2,397,000.00
b) Adults Social Care & Health: £788,934.78

If you are dissatisfied with our response, you can request for it to be reviewed by contacting the Council’s Legal Services at Wokingham Borough Council via; Information Services, Civic Offices, Shute End, Wokingham, RG40 1BN, or e-mailing [Wokingham Borough Council request email] detailing the reasons why you are dissatisfied with the response. Please address your correspondence to Shared Legal Solutions.

Requests not resolved at that stage can be escalated to the Information Commissioner at: Information Commissioner's Office, Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow, Cheshire SK9 5AF.

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Yours sincerely

Stuart Bignell
Information Governance Team
Communities, Insight and Change

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