Dudley council is under fire for the cost of its agency staff

November 05, 2015 10:46 AM

Dudley council is under fire for the cost of its agency staff.

In just one year (2014-15) they spent £6.5 million on agency staff while other services such as museums and art galleries face the axe.

The Council argue that they haven’t been able to find suitable candidates to fill the posts which agency staff are used to fill and this is understandable in the short term, but the extent to which this is necessary is quite staggering.

Indeed, in the year before (2013-14), agency costs were £6.6 million showing that this is a situation that has been ongoing for quite some time. It smacks of poor planning and a lack of urgency that such situations can drag out for over two years. It will be interesting to see whether agency staff expenditure falls in the current financial year which would mark an improvement.

Dudley residents will be disheartened that the council is relying so heavily on expensive agency staff while services are being squeezed. Councils across the country are having to make savings and so it is more vital than ever that taxpayers get value for money. Dudley Council has to acknowledge this and reduce their agency staff costs.

Latest Blogs:

We're hiring a Campaign Manager - Digital

11:37 AM 16, Jan 2017 The TaxPayers...

Increases in precepts are not the answer

3:30 PM 13, Jan 2017 James Price

We must all stand up for a free press

10:39 AM 06, Jan 2017 Dia Chakravarty

Want to be our new Policy Analyst?

12:52 PM 05, Jan 2017 The TaxPayers...