Social Workers: Manpower

Health written question – answered on 22nd October 2008.

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Photo of Michael Ancram Michael Ancram Conservative, Devizes

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many social workers per head of the population (a) there were in 2007 and (b) there are in 2008.

Photo of Ann Keen Ann Keen Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Health Services), Department of Health

The NHS Information Centre for health and social care collect and publish data relating to the number of social workers directly employed by social services departments within councils.

The most recently published figures for the number of whole-time equivalent social workers per 100,000 head of population was 87.6 in 2007 and 86.5 in 2006.

Data for 2008 are expected to be published in spring 2009.

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