You could not simply make it up. It’s like a series of Yes Prime Minister and then some. Only in Rotherham, the capital of rotten boroughs, can someone who presided over a national scandal then be promoted to leader. This of course is Cllr Lakin who can be seen below with his merry dimwits who are coming out to make sure this deceiving creature is re-elected.
The report produced by Ofsted simply states that the Children & Young People Services are inadequate. No ifs, no buts… INADEQUATE. So this is what amazes me frankly, that when the Jay report came out, His mate Shaun Wright and may others were hunted down to be held accountable. Shaun Wright was the cabinet member for Children & Young People Services from 2005 – 2010. The Jay report went up until 2013. Take that into account with this Ofsted report which states that the service is still inadequate till today. Let’s remind ourselves the definition of inadequate. That it is insufficient for a purpose and unable to deal with the task. Cllr Lakin has been the cabinet member for CYPS since 2010 right up until the end of August this year. To add to that, it is no secret in the Town Hall that he is still running the department till this day and won’t allow Cllr Beaumont to get on with her job. This man has failed our Children and young people. He is as every bit guilty as Shaun Wright. If the CYPS is still inadequate, then what has he done for the last four and a half years. Why has he let CSE continue still on a colossus scale? This is the man that could not sort out the CYPS whist he was cabinet member for four and a half years, what makes him or any of us so gullible to believe that he is the man for the job to drive at the helm and give Rotherham the recovery it needs. What a joke. Cllr Lakin is part of the problem and not the solution.
Some quotes from the report are as follows:
However, many urgent and important recommendations from these inspections
have not been addressed quickly enough. Some have not been addressed at all.
Shortfalls in practice remain and some areas have deteriorated.
Serious deficits remain in the quality of referrals, child protection assessments
and planning, and the support for looked after children and care leavers.
Progress has been made in some areas, such as providing advocates to support
children at child protection conferences. Overall, the scale and speed of
progress against the recommendations has been inadequate.
Poor performance management and limited quality assurance processes have
Contributed to the authority’s lack of effective action to address deteriorating
It is all in there for everyone to see. How can Cllr Lakin still get away with this? In the safeguarding board statement in response to the Ofsted report, Steve Ashley the chair of Rotherham’s local safeguarding children’s board gave this response:
We look forward to working with the strong new leadership and management team in place at Rotherham Council to ensure the well-being and protection of our children and young people in the future.
What a laugh, what a chuckle. Is this the same new strong leadership that has failed in the sole purpose of protecting our Town’s children in the last four and a half years? Expect more of the same if he cannot be held accountable.
And onto another point, Roger the dodger might have not been Mr popular. But what I can say about him was what you saw is what you got. He was quite infamous for some of his outbursts and abrupt and straight to the point leadership. That seems like a jewel of a quality compared to the current leadership. People like myself as well as Labour backbenchers can feel the change in mood within the Town Hall, like Berlin in 1938. Cllr Lakin conducts a calm approach on the surface to the public but behind closed doors he is implementing a crackdown on individual thought and questioning. Along his side is his deputy who is his Himmler to his Hitler. Bullying, threatening, crackdown on dissenters and questions. Labour Group is now like a session of ‘we’ll tell you the best way to think’. All the while he is trying to appease Cllr Ellis. By placing her chums in his cabinet and failing to take any action against her ‘bullying’ campaign against Sarah Champion. If this continues then I’m getting out of here and floating down to Riverside House. They say you can get a cuppa down there and not worry for it being riddled with arsenic.
The Phantom of the Town Hall
All the Lakin posts in one place: The Paul Lakin (Leader for now) Files