Rotherham Labour Group web site is carrying this rather inadequate response that still contains traces of the ‘culture of denial’ that persists to this day, despite the Jay Report and now Louise Casey’s report pointing out the truth!
This is Labour Group’s statement:
We want to thank Louise Casey for her report today.
Of course our primary concern remains the welfare of the survivors and victims of child sexual exploitation in Rotherham.
Since the publication of the Jay Report, the council has begun to take measures to improve the support for victims, bringing in new management, and to tighten licensing controls.
Sadly, as the report today makes clear, we have not been able to do enough, quickly enough.
In light of this report, the Council’s Cabinet announced earlier today that they take responsibility for the failings and are stepping down as Commissioners come in to Rotherham.
We welcome their appointment and look forward to working with them to improve services for all of Rotherham residents.
The council has today written to the Department for Communities and Local Government to ask the Commissioners to start their work as soon as possible, and to seek further details about how the new arrangements will work.
We will keep the public informed of developments as they occur over the coming days.
There is nothing further that I can add at this time.
Cllr Chris Read, Labour Group spokesperson.