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 2020, split by:

a) Children’s Services social work roles
b) Adults’ Services social work roles

2 - How many qualified social workers were working on a temporary (agency) basis at the Council on 3rd August 2020, split by:

a) Children’s Services social work roles
b) Adults’ Services social work roles

3 - What was the total spend by your organisation on temporary (agency) social work professionals during the financial year 1/4/19 to 31/3/20?

Yours faithfully,

Rose Smith

Northumberland County Council

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Northumberland County Council
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Northumberland
NE61 2EF

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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
Temporary/agency staff. 

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 2020, split by:

Q.1a) Children’s Services social work roles

A.1a) 11 social workers

 

Q.1b) Adults’ Services social work roles

A.1b) 0 social workers

Q.2 How many qualified social workers were working on a temporary
(agency) basis at the Council on 3rd August 2020, split by:

Q.2a) Children’s Services social work roles

A.2a) 14 social workers

 

Q.2b) Adults’ Services social work roles

A.2b) 0 social workers

 

Q.3 What was the total spend by your organisation on temporary
(agency) social work professionals during the financial year 1/4/19 to
31/3/20?

A.3 Total Spend in 19/20 for Social Workers was £237,687.32

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Yours faithfully 

FOI Coordinator - Central Team

Information Governance Office

Northumberland County Council

County Hall

Morpeth

Northumberland

NE61 2EF

Tel: 0345 600 6400

Email: [Northumberland County Council request email] 

Web: http://www.northumberland.gov.uk