Yesterday, it was announced that the Government appointed Commissioners at Rotherham Council will leave the authority next week. This will mark the end of Government intervention at the Council and has come about earlier than was expected. It also means that all decision making will now return entirely to local democratically elected councillors.
Cllr Chris Read, Labour Leader of Rotherham Council, welcomed the announcement yesterday from the Government. He has said: “Today’s confirmation of the early departure of Commissioners from the Council is testimony to the hard work of many people over the last few years.
The announcement comes on the back of our “Good” Ofsted report for children’s services earlier in the year. That our Children’s Services have been transformed has been a critical indicator of the changes that we have made. But it has only been one part of challenging, re-examining, and improving the way we work and the culture of the Council.”
Government intervention at the Council took place in February 2015 and yesterday’s announcement marks a significant point in the turnaround of the Council and its’ services. The return of all decision making powers announced by James Brokenshire MP – Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government – followed a statement earlier this year in which the Government said it was ‘minded’ to return these powers to Rotherham. He confirmed the decision yesterday and stated that it would come into effect from next Monday.
Cllr Chris Read has also said: “We could not be where we are today if it wasn’t for the dedication of lots of people – our staff, partner agencies, Commissioners and councillors – who were all united in determination that the people of Rotherham should be better served than they had been in the past. My thanks go to all those people today.
I’m delighted with the progress that we have made. Whilst the work is never complete and we continue to face significant challenges I hope that residents will be able to take assurance that we are firmly on the right track.”
You can read more about the announcement from the Government yesterday on their website here.