Laura Sharman 19 September 2018

Rotherham council to regain full control of services

All powers are to be returned to Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council, three years after government intervention.

Communities secretary, James Brokenshire, has confirmed that control of all services, including children's social care, will be returned to the council on Monday.

The Government had appointed commissioners to oversee the council after it was revealed that 'significant failings' at the authority had contributed to child sexual exploitation in Rotherham.

Mr Brokenshire said: 'I am pleased that strong progress has now been made at the council with the support of the commissioners.

'The return of all powers to Rotherham council is not a decision that I take lightly, but I am satisfied that the council has learnt the lessons of the past and is now able to provide the services its residents deserve and expect.'

Chief executive of the council, Sharon Kemp, said: 'Over the past four years there have been significant changes here at the council, including changes across the leadership.

'Today’s announcement is pleasing however we continue to focus on constantly improving outcomes for all our residents and stakeholders.

The council must commission an independent progress review of delivery 18 February 2019.

Skate parks are not the only fruit image

Skate parks are not the only fruit

On Go Skateboarding Day, Susannah Walker asks councils and their leisure and park departments to think differently about what facilities they provide for teenagers.
SIGN UP
For your free daily news bulletin
Highways jobs

Technical Support Officer – Signing & Lining

Rochdale BC
£22,571 - £24,920
It is an exciting time to join the Highways Service at Rochdale Council. Rochdale, Greater Manchester
Recuriter: Rochdale BC

Senior Engineer (Casualty Reduction & TRO’s)

Rochdale BC
£34,373 - £40-578
We have an interesting opportunity for a Senior Engineer (Casualty Reduction & TRO’s) to join the Network Management team. Rochdale, Greater Manchester
Recuriter: Rochdale BC

Senior Transport Planner

Rochdale BC
£34,373 - £40,578
It is an exciting time to join the Highways Service at Rochdale Council. Rochdale, Greater Manchester
Recuriter: Rochdale BC

Project Engineer x5

Rochdale BC
£34,373 - £40,578
We have an exciting opportunity for Project Engineers to deliver our highway capital programme. Rochdale, Greater Manchester
Recuriter: Rochdale BC

ICT Service Manager

Bolton Council
£43,570
Are you an experienced vendor manager, service manager or contract manager? Bolton, Greater Manchester
Recuriter: Bolton Council

Partner Content

Circular highways is a necessity not an aspiration – and it’s within our grasp

Shell is helping power the journey towards a circular paving industry with Shell Bitumen LT R, a new product for roads that uses plastics destined for landfill as part of the additives to make the bitumen.

Support from Effective Energy Group for Local Authorities to Deliver £430m Sustainable Warmth Funded Energy Efficiency Projects

Effective Energy Group is now offering its support to the 40 Local Authorities who have received a share of the £430m to deliver their projects on the ground by surveying properties and installing measures.

Pay.UK – the next step in Bacs’ evolution

Dougie Belmore explains how one of the main interfaces between you and Bacs is about to change.