Majority of cash on venue staff

Scarborough Council has hired agency staff to work at venues such as the Scarborough Spa
Scarborough Council has hired agency staff to work at venues such as the Scarborough Spa
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The total cost of employing agency staff at Scarborough Council has been cut drastically over the past three years.

This is according to figures disclosed by the authority, which reveal that since 2009, the staffing bill has been reduced by around 70 per cent.

Last year, the council spent £21,849 on short-term staff. Comparatively, between 2009/2010, the authority spent £70,106 on staff to cover staff shortages in several departments including Customer First, accountancy and refuse.

However, these figures do not include temporary staff employed directly by the council on a regular basis, such as seasonal workers or maternity cover.

A spokesperson for the council said that the cuts were “good news”, as the cash-strapped body has to to cut around £2 million from the budget.

The spokesperson added: “Agency staff only tend to be used where it is not financially viable to employ staff to do the same job.

“The 2009/2010 figure is artificially inflated due to the resignation of technical staff in professional areas of the business.”

They added that the resignations forced the council to spend extra to find cover until permanent staff were found.