More than £16m was spent on agency social work staff by Rotherham Council in the wake of the 2014 Jay Report into child sexual exploitation in the town.
Figures obtained by the BBC show its annual spend, which was £1.5m in 2014/15, peaked in 2016/17 at £6.5m.
The report said 1,400 girls were abused from 1997 to 2013, with a second saying the council was “not fit for purpose”.
Council leader Chris Read said: “Failing services are expensive and we’ve paid the price for that.”
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