Rotherham council to regain taxi licensing powers

Rotherham council is to regain taxi licensing powers, ministers have announced, in the latest indication the Government is prepared to ease back on special measures in the town.

The local authority has been under the control of Government commissioners since 2015, following a series of revelations around failures in children’s services and governance.

Among the concerns highlighted by investigatords was the council’s handling of taxi licensing, which it was suggested had played a role in the facilitation of child sexual abuse.

Read on… http://www.yorkshirepost.co.uk/news/rotherham-council-to-regain-taxi-licensing-powers-1-8190252

Rotherham Council set to regain taxi licensing powers

Plans to return taxi licensing powers to Rotherham Council have been announced 20 months after it was stripped of the responsibility in the wake of the child abuse scandal.

Communities Secretary Sajid Javid said he was “satisfied” the authority is ready to resume command following a series of improvements.

Government-appointed commissioners took control of the council in 2015.

Commissioner Mary Ney said the plan was a “significant step” for the council.

Read on… http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-south-yorkshire-37715230

Rotherham Council regains powers to grant taxi licences after ban in wake of child sex scandal

Rotherham council is to have its power to grant taxi licences reinstated, after it was stripped of the function in the wake of the child sexual exploitation scandal in the town.

Licensing powers are the latest to be handed back to the council after a period of reform following damning reports which found that the local authority and South Yorkshire Police had turned a blind eye to men of predominantly Pakistani heritage abusing 1,400 vulnerable girls over a 16-year period.

The council’s licensing powers cover driving and operations licences for hackney carriage and private hire taxis, as well as alcohol licences.

Read on… http://www.thestar.co.uk/news/rotherham-council-regains-powers-to-grant-taxi-licences-after-ban-in-wake-of-child-sex-scandal-1-8190519

Rotherham Council to regain licensing powers

LICENSING powers confiscated by the Government are set to be returned to Rotherham Borough Council.

Communities secretary Sajid Javid wrote to RMBC chief executive Sharon Kemp proposing the handover of responsibilities, including for taxis.

Mary Ney, one of the commissioners brought in by the Government in February 2015, had sent evidence setting out the progress made.

Read on… http://www.rotherhamadvertiser.co.uk/news/104864/rotherham-council-to-regain-licensing-powers.aspx

After child sex scandals, Rotherham council gets its powers back to license taxis

Rotherham council is to regain taxi licensing powers, ministers have announced, in the latest indication the Government is prepared to ease back on special measures in the town.

The local authority has been under the control of Government commissioners since 2015, following a series of revelations around failures in children’s services and governance.

Among the concerns highlighted by investigatords was the council’s handling of taxi licensing, which it was suggested had played a role in the facilitation of child sexual abuse.

Read on… http://www.yorkshirepost.co.uk/news/after-child-sex-scandals-rotherham-council-gets-its-powers-back-to-license-taxis-1-8190252

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9 Responses to Rotherham council to regain taxi licensing powers

  1. Colin Tawn says:

    Hmmm….I’m not so sure.
    There are no guarantees that some of the ‘Not Fit For Purpose’ leftards who are still councillors (including Gordon Watson) will not fall into their old ways and “turn a blind eye” to (initially) minor breaches of the code and repeat the huge number of mistakes they made previously.
    (The Commissioners will not be here forever)
    Giving back control to RMBC for taxi licensing might initially sound a good idea but this still leaves the problem with out of town registered PHV’s. What and where are the proposals to deal with them? Unless RMBC wants to introduce a ‘closed borders’ policy?
    Which they cannot.

    • Woody says:

      There’s still rotherham registered taxis running around without cctv so nothing as been enforced regarding that issue , I can’t see giving the power back to the council helping much

  2. Jeffrey Smith says:

    Which area has a better taxi system than Rotherham has? CCTV is not common place nationally and all taxis in Rotherham will have them installed by January 2017 such is the requirement. A victory for local democracy maybe a better slant to put on this.

  3. Colin Tawn says:

    @Jeffrey Smith.
    ‘A victory for local democracy maybe a better slant to put on this.’

    Local democracy is nothing to do with it. The Commissioners were the driving force behind the decision to make sure PHV’s registered in Rotherham have CCTV installed.
    As I posted previously PHV’s registered in another area are the problem, they are not required to have CCTV fitted in their vehicles..

    • Jeffrey Smith says:

      And which authority has the answer then Colin? None as it’s a national loophole. Further, commissioners aren’t working in isolation so yes, bringing powers back to the council is definitely a victory for local democracy!!!

      • Colin Tawn says:

        @Jeffrey Smith
        Two points: I think you’ve missed the central thrust of my original post and I really do not want to clog this thread with a divergence of views.

        Giving RMBC control of taxi licensing is not a bad idea. Giving back control to councillors labelled ‘Not Fit For Purpose’ is a bad idea.

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