Some local authorities are planning to pay for social workers to be
placed on the professional register in its first year.
A poll of 15 councils by Tony Hunter, junior vice-president of the
Association of Directors of Social Services, showed that about
two-thirds intended to pay the £30 for their social workers to
sign up to the national social care register.
Hunter said many local authorities would expect the individual to
pay but those that had a recruitment problem, for example, “might
want to take a more generous stance”.