Rotherham’s Disgrace – RMBC Website concealing more than revealing – Questions asked



As an active and empowered citizen ratepayer and unpaid community volunteer with an interest in scrutinising and challenging the costs and activities of those who seek public office in the well-rewarded capacity of RMBC Elected Members and Officers, I am seeking reassurance that RMBC discharges its legal duties of care in relation to the town’s women and children, particularly in the light of the damning Serious Case Review which RMBC has recently unsuccessfully sought to suppress via a High Court Injunction.

In that regard I have accessed the RMBC website – – to peruse the policies, statements, consultations and protocols that exist in relation to safeguarding Rotherham’s women and children.

I am appalled to discover that when accessing the above website, and reading the following: “The Safer Rotherham Partnership (SRP) is pleased to release, for consultation, its Strategy to Eliminate Violence against Women and Girls and welcomes all comments or observations you have before 10th December, 2010” that the “Strategy” link produces the following result:

Sorry, the website cannot be found

I require you to:

1. provide me an explanation for the failure of RMBC’s corporate website to provide the statutory information alluded to, and

2. an explanation of what steps you intend to take to ensure that the statutory information is easily accessible via electronic means.

In order to ensure civic efficiency and preserve the public purse from any unnecessary cost I wish you to deal with this issue as a Concern/Complaint, and NOT as a Freedom of Information Request with your customary spurious notional cost attachments.

Yours Sincerely,

Donald H Buxton

An acknowledgement duly arrives:

— On Tue, 12/6/12, ChiefExecutive <> wrote:

From: ChiefExecutive <>
Date: Tuesday, 12 June, 2012, 8:16

Dear Mr Buxton

Thank you for your email.

We will look into the issues you have raised and respond accordingly.

Kind regards
Lesley Hatton
Personal Assistant
Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council

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