How the money was spent

FIGURES reveal the total amount spent on outside workers between 2009 and January 31, this year, comes to a staggering £10,191,301.

In 2009-10, the council spent £1,618,685 on agency workers across the chief executive, regeneration and neighbourhood and child and adult departments.

That dropped to £1,150,980 in 2010-11 and was cut even further this financial year, 2011-12, to £479,588.

The chief executive’s department did not spend any money on agency workers this year.

Of that, figures show £51,104 was used to cover holidays and sickness within the waste and environmental services team and £63,764 was used to employ experienced social workers to provide support for teams with newly qualified social workers.

Meanwhile £15,630 was used to pay for a temporary head of service within the youth offending service and £140,079 for seasonal grounds maintenance workers during the summer months.

Hartlepool Borough Council spent £3,333,189 on consultancy in 2009-10 across the three departments but that dropped to £2,878,214 in 2010-11.

This year the figure was slashed even further to £730,645.

Of that, £15,000 was spent on external advice on treasury management, £10,500 for specialist advice in the accountancy department and £16,095 for specialist architectural and quantity surveying services.

Meanwhile, £88,547 was spent on expert ICT advice for the BSF contract and £59,917 relating to payments to After Adoption, who provide statutory support services to families who have adopted children.