Agency Social Workers: Fees and Charges

Department for Education written question – answered on 27th February 2017.

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Photo of Margaret Beckett Margaret Beckett Chair, National Security Strategy (Joint Committee)

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether she has made an assessment of the effect of trends in agency social worker fees on local authority expenditure; and if she will make a statement.

Photo of Margaret Beckett Margaret Beckett Chair, National Security Strategy (Joint Committee)

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment she has made of the effectiveness of memoranda of understanding and regional agreements in managing the costs of agency social workers.

Photo of Margaret Beckett Margaret Beckett Chair, National Security Strategy (Joint Committee)

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment she has made of the potential merits of introducing a national cap on agency social worker fees.

Photo of Edward Timpson Edward Timpson Minister of State (Education)

The Department for Education recognises the costs associated with the use of agency social workers. The department welcomes the efforts made by local authorities through regional memoranda of understanding to improve the deployment, and manage the costs, of agency social workers. The department has not conducted an assessment of their effectiveness or of the effect on local authority expenditure. Similarly, the department has not carried out an assessment of a national cap on agency social worker fees.

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