An intrepid researcher into the deeper workings of RMBC, came across this High Court Judgement.
To say this raises many questions, is the understatement, of the year.
Our inquirer though, is having no sucess in getting the Legal Officer, Jacqueline Collins, to respond to the simplest of questions. Has he come across one of the skeletons? We should be told!
This is the response received recently:
I refer to your e-mail below and apologise for the delay in responding.
In relation to whether this decision has been released to the general public, it will have been available to the public, via the Court Service, from 25th February.
With regard to the cost implication for Rotherham Borough Council, its share of the legal costs incurred by the local authorities who were a party to the court proceedings amounts to £24,578.
The Government’s costs may be payable by the authorities. That issue is still to be decided by the Supreme Court. If these costs are payable by the authorities the maximum which would be payable by Rotherham Council, would be £15,000.
If your query relates to the impact of the reduced European funding on the Borough, as a result of the outcome of the case itself, as stated in the judgment this is likely to be a reduction in funding for South Yorkshire for the period 2014-2020, of around €300 million, compared to the previous funding between 2006 to 2014. This is approximately a 65% cut in funding, as accepted by the Govt. Further the amount of funding proposed is approximately €60 million less than the European Commission notionally allocated for South Yorkshire.
I hope this provides the information you were looking for, but if I can be of further assistance please do not hesitate to contact me.
Legal and Democratic Services
Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council