Correspondence

Rotherham intervention: return of 7 additional functions

Directions issued to Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council returning 7 additional functions.

Documents

Letter from DCLG to Rotherham council about a revised intervention package (21 March 2017)

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Revised Directions to Rotherham council

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Explanatory memorandum to the revised Directions

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Proposal from Lead Commissioner to return the power to appoint council representatives to external bodies (10 February 2017)

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Representation received from the chief executive of Rotherham council (23 February 2017)

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Representations received from the leader of Rotherham council (23 February 2017)

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Details

The letter from the Department for Communities and Local Government outlines a revised intervention package. The explanatory memorandum notes that Mary Ney will become the Lead Commissioner, replacing Sir Derek Myers who will be stepping down at the end of March 2017.

The Directions return 7 functions to the council to exercise. These are 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.

The Directions have been made by the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government under section 15(5) and (6) of the Local Government Act 1999 and the Secretary of State for Education under section 497A(4B) of the Education Act 1996.

An accompanying explanatory memorandum sets out the circumstances in which these Directions have been made, the reasons for exercising these powers and the implications of the Directions for the authority.

Also attached are the representations the Secretary of State received from the authority which are referenced in the explanatory memorandum.

See documents relating to the Secretary of State’s ‘minded to’ decision and documents relating to the original intervention.

Information about the work of the commissioners can be found on the Commissioners’ web pages on the Rotherham council website.

Published 21 March 2017