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EXTENSION OF CONTRACT FOR AGENCY WORKERS

Decision:

Cabinet agreed a twelve month extension to the council’s contract with Matrix SCM, varying the contract expiry date from 31 January 2019 to 31 January 2020.

 

OPTIONS & ALTERNATIVES CONSIDERED

Officers have evaluated the full range of options for achieving maximum value for money from the council’s agency worker spend. The recommended option delivers the greatest financial benefit to the council; it also includes important service delivery improvements, such as the provision of on-site support for hiring managers with specialist or hard-to-fill requirements.

 

 

Minutes:

Councillor Loakes introduced the report and explained that the Council had been working with Matrix SCM for the provision of agency workers for a number of years.  He stated that there would be times that the Council needed to utilise agency workers, for example in the Adult Social Care department.  Councillor Loakes also said that there had been a reduction in agency staff by 54% which indicated that savings had been made in a period of austerity. 

 

The Leader praised the work on this subject and gave the view that a number of local authorities could learn from LBWF.  She added that a lot of work went into encouraging agency staff to commit to the Council long-term. 

 

Cabinet agreed a twelve month extension to the council’s contract with Matrix SCM, varying the contract expiry date from 31 January 2019 to 31 January 2020.

 

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