Rotherham council to regain powers, Javid announces

Communities Secretary Sajid Javid has confirmed that the government will return more powers to Rotherham council, bringing the majority of services back under the authority’s control.

The news comes after an investigation into the council’s children services found them ‘not fit for purpose’.

The council is set to regain decision-making powers for for services including economic growth, town centre management, the maintenance of local parks, and decision-making powers for adult social care.

Lead Commissioner Sir Derek Myers commented: “We have seen continued progress in more areas of the council, and I am pleased that the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government has agreed to further functions being returned. We will continue to work with the council on those areas not yet returned and we would expect to make further recommendations in the coming months.”

Cllr Chris Read, leader of the council, welcomed the news: "This is welcome news and another positive step in the right direction for the council, and for Rotherham.

“Today’s announcement reflects the significant improvements which we have made across the board. But in this next phase we will continue to work hard to ensure the council improves and better serves Rotherham residents. Alongside Commissioners – we are determined to complete this work.”