Laura Sharman 24 May 2016

Inquiry launched into council interventions

An inquiry into the government interventions at Tower Hamlets and Rotherham councils has been launched.

The Communities and Local Government (CLG) Committee will investigate how effective the government takeovers were following allegations of corruption in Tower Hamlets and the child sexual exploitation scandal in Rotherham.

The inquiry will examine how power was handed back to the local authorities and what lessons can be identified for future interventions.

Chair of the CLG Committee, Clive Betts said: 'Seizing control of a local authority’s powers is an extremely serious step for any Government to take.

'We will look very carefully to see if this has been done effectively in Tower Hamlets and Rotherham and explore the efforts being made to return democratic control to the two communities.'

The Committee will question commissioners and councillors at both councils and is also inviting written submissions by 13 June 2016.

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