More powers returned to Rotherham Council

Communities Secretary Sajid Javid has confirmed the return of further powers to Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council, two years after the government took over the running of services.

Javid confirmed the council will gain control over seven functions; including adult social care and the council’s partnership with the NHS; external partnerships; appointment of council representatives to external bodies; economic growth; town centre; grounds maintenance; and audit.

These will add to the 12 powers the council regained last year.

Government-appointed commissioners will continue to have oversight of all functions returned, issuing three-monthly reviews to the Communities Secretary.

Communities Secretary also confirmed that Mary Ney will become the Lead Commissioner, replacing Sir Derek Myers who will be stepping down at the end of this month.

Javid commented: “The return of additional powers to Rotherham reflects the significant progress made by the council under the watchful eye of our Commissioners. I would like to thank Sir Derek for his two years of impressive leadership.

“The council will have control over a further seven functions, including important services such as adult social care. However, the Commissioners, now led by Mary Ney, will remain in place and continue to work with the council to help restore full democratic powers.”

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