Sajid Javid, the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, has confirmed that five functions have been returned to Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council. This is on top of eight functions that have already been returned over the last nine months, having been removed following the Casey Report in 2015 which showed significant council failings.
Javid said in a statement:
“The council is continuing to make progress under the watchful eye of our commissioners and the return of additional powers to Rotherham reflects this progress. However, the commissioners will remain in place and continue to work with the council to help restore full democratic powers”.