Almost half a million pounds was spent on agency social workers in the region last year.

The council forked out £498,480 to plug staff shortages in social work services in the financial year 2014/15– the equivalent of more than 15 full-time wages.

Scotland’s leading public services union, Unison, said it was alarmed by the amount spent by the council.

Reported by the Daily Record. You can read the full story here. 


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