TAXI licensing powers will be returned to Rotherham Borough Council using a “phased approach”, the Government has announced.
Communities secretary Sajid Javid said the government would continue to oversee decisions until March 2019 to “secure the safety of the area’s most vulnerable residents”.
The Government appointed five commissioners to exercise all executive and some non-executive functions at the council in February 2015, following the publication of the Jay and Casey reports.
Javid hints at Rotherham ‘special measures’ end date
GOVERNMENT officials look set to play a role in the running of Rotherham Council for at least two more years despite more powers returning to the hands of councillors.
Local Government Secretary Sajid Javid confirmed licensing will be the latest area of responsbility to be handed back to Rotherham councillors.
However, the Government-appointed commissioners sent in to run the authority last year will continue to “oversee” the decisions they take in this area until March 2019.
Mr Javid’s predecessor, Eric Pickles, identified March 2019 as the end point for the Government’s intervention in Rotherham when he first appointed the commissioners.
Rotherham Council gets back taxi licensing powers after abuse scandal
Taxi licencing powers are to be returned to Rotherham Council following improvements in the wake of the child sexual exploitation scandal.
Communities Secretary Sajid Javid has announced there will be a ‘phased’ return of powers to the authority, with Government-appointed commissioners continuing to oversee licensing decisions until March 2019.
Commissioners were appointed to run the council in February 2015 after critical reports by Baroness Alexis Jay and Dame Louise Casey highlighted how poor policies and procedures with taxi licensing had contributed to child abuse in Rotherham.