Devon and Cornwall Police have spent almost £9 million on agency workers in the last five years, at the same time as axing hundreds of civilian staff jobs.
Spending peaked at £2.4 million in 2009/10 – up from £1.79 million three years earlier – with vast amounts being spent on agency workers in the business change (£445,000), human resources (£338,000) and crime (£225,000) departments.
The figures caused unease among police officer groups and trade unions with deep cuts being made to staffing levels over the next four years, to meet Government cuts of almost £50 million.
A spokesman for the GMB union, which represents around 500 police staff, said members would be unaware of the scale of the expenditure.
My comment: I think most people would be unaware of the expenditure on agency staff, which is why FOI is a good thing, it allows the public to scrutinise public authorities.
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