Council and democracy
People are being urged to have their say on plans to reform Rotherham’s council tax support scheme, as the Council considers its budget options.
10 October 2017
Rotherham Council has welcomed confirmation from Government that more powers have been returned to the authority.
13 September 2017
Rotherham Council has today published six investigation reports, commissioned following the findings of the Jay Report (2014) and the Casey Report (2015).
6 September 2017
Extra financial support is being offered to vulnerable young people in Rotherham after plans to exempt care leavers from paying Council Tax were revealed.
30 August 2017
A group of intrepid teenagers are celebrating after working with a bus partnership to secure discounted fares over the summer across Rotherham and beyond.
19 July 2017
Rotherham Council has welcomed the proposed return of more powers by the Government, a move which would bring all functions aside from children's social care back under Council democratic control.
18 July 2017
Council leaders in Rotherham have backed a motion to lower the voting age to 16, following a plea from local teenagers.
12 July 2017
Council leaders in Rotherham are being urged to back plans to lower the voting age to 16, following a plea from local teenagers
11 July 2017
The Commissioners' latest letter to the Secretary of State for Local Government and Communities is published today on the Council's website.
5 July 2017
The Local Government Boundary Commission for England is conducting an electoral review of Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council.
4 July 2017
Labour have held all three seats in the Rotherham area, after voters went to the polls to elect MPs in three constituencies.
9 June 2017
Rotherham Council is lowering its flags to half-mast in tribute to the victims of the attack in London this weekend.
5 June 2017
Rotherham Council is lowering its flags to half-mast today in tribute to the victims of yesterday’s terrorist attack at Manchester Arena.
23 May 2017
Cllr Eve Rose Keenan will be the new Mayor of Rotherham for 2017/18.
22 May 2017
With a week left to register to vote in the general election, Rotherham Council is urging residents to make sure they don’t miss the deadline.
15 May 2017
NHS services across England and Scotland have been hit by a global cyber-attack.
14 May 2017
Candidates who will stand for local seats in next month's General Election have been confirmed.
12 May 2017
Rotherham Council has lowered its flags to half-mast today in tribute to the victims of yesterday’s terrorist attack at the Houses of Parliament.
23 March 2017
Rotherham Council has welcomed today’s (21 March 2017) confirmation, by Communities Secretary Sajid Javid, of further return of powers by the Government.
21 March 2017
The Mayor of Rotherham will be hosting an open day at Town Hall for members of the public to showcase the history and heritage of Rotherham’s democratic hub.
21 March 2017
Rotherham Council has today agreed its 2017/18 budget – approving proposals to meet a further funding shortfall of £24m, on top of £138m worth of savings which have already been made since 2010.
8 March 2017
Rotherham Council has welcomed the proposed return of more powers by the Government - a move which would bring the majority of services back under the council’s democratic control.
9 February 2017
Rotherham Council has welcomed the Communities Secretary Sajid Javid’s decision to hand back licensing powers to the authority, with immediate effect.
14 December 2016
People are being asked for their views on how Rotherham Council proposes to save £13 million from its budget over the next financial year.
30 November 2016
Three young people have received formal recognition after being selected to carry out special duties of “Mayor’s Cadets.”
23 November 2016
Rotherham is continuing to improve standards for children in care, although more still needs to be done, a new report shows.
21 November 2016
Further decision-making powers might be returned to Rotherham councillors under new recommendations to Government – a move which would bring the majority of services back under the Council’s control.
18 November 2016
Council leaders in Rotherham have welcomed the tough jail sentences handed out to a gang of eight men who carried out horrific multiple crimes of child sexual exploitation
4 November 2016
On 14 November the Council's decision makers will consider revised charges for adult day care and transport following the Council's consultation in the summer.
28 October 2016
The Council invites people with learning disabilities and families to join a major discussion about the future of support services if Rotherham's decision makers agree to begin formal consultation.
28 October 2016
Rotherham Council has welcomed the proposed handing back of licensing powers by Communities Secretary Sajid Javid.
19 October 2016
Some of Rotherham’s most senior leaders and managers are set to host meetings across the town to talk about the borough's future.
27 September 2016
Response to Government interventions: the use of Commissioners in Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council
Cllr Read, Leader of Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council:
19 August 2016
Rotherham residents get the chance to have their say this week on how new powers to be given to the Sheffield City Region (SCR) should be used.
19 July 2016
People who need intermediate health and social care in Rotherham will have access to more beds under plans being considered by Rotherham Council next week.
6 July 2016
A major consultation drive is being launched across the Sheffield City Region this week to ask all residents and businesses how the new powers the area will get under devolution should be used.
1 July 2016
Charities and voluntary organisations in Rotherham are to be given a slice of £322,496 to help victims of child sexual exploitation.
20 June 2016
Rotherham Council has lowered its flags to half-mast in tribute to West Yorkshire MP Jo Cox, who died after being attacked on Thursday (16 June).
17 June 2016
Residents celebrated the Queen’s 90th birthday in true street party style at The Potteries Court extra care housing scheme.
16 June 2016
A survivor of child sexual exploitation is to tell her story on a national platform later this month to help agencies work together to tackle the crime.
15 June 2016
A proposal recommending changes to the way that the Council's Enabling Service is run has been agreed today (26 May) at Rotherham Council's Cabinet/Commissioners' Decision making meeting.
26 May 2016
Leader of Rotherham Council, Cllr Chris Read, has announced his new-look Advisory Cabinet - with two new figures joining the senior political leadership of the authority.
20 May 2016
Rotherham’s Mayor for 2015/16, Cllr Maggi Clark, reaches the end of her year in office this week.
19 May 2016
Organisations have been working together to support steel workers affected by Tata’s restructuring in Yorkshire.
11 May 2016
The deputy leader of Lincolnshire County Council is to become the new Commissioner for children's social care at Rotherham Council.
10 May 2016
Rotherham Council has introduced a charging system for pre-planning advice which helps applicants decide whether planning permission is required and if it is likely permission would be granted.
10 May 2016
Labour retain overall control of Rotherham Council with 24 new councillors elected.
6 May 2016
Rotherham Council has appointed its new Strategic Director of Adult Care and Housing, the final appointment to the authority's new permanent senior management team.
4 May 2016
The man brought in by the Government to oversee Rotherham Council's children's services is set to move on after doing 18 months in the post.
13 April 2016
Candidates standing in next month’s local elections in Rotherham have now been announced.
8 April 2016
Rotherham Council has appointed its new Deputy Strategic Director in Children and Young People’s Services, the latest appointment of the authority’s new permanent senior leadership team.
30 March 2016
Rotherham Council is to hold a minute’s silence today, Wednesday 24 March at 11am, in remembrance of those who were killed and injured in the terrorist attacks in Brussels yesterday.
23 March 2016
People in Rotherham are being encouraged to show their support for National Child Sexual Exploitation Awareness Day (18 March).
18 March 2016
New partnership plan focuses on positively changing Rotherham.
17 March 2016
Government appointed Commissioners, led by Sir Derek Myers, have today published a 12 month review of progress since the Government Directions to Rotherham.
14 March 2016
Chief Executive Sharon Kemp takes a young apprentice under her wing to show them the ropes as part of National Apprentice Week.
11 March 2016
Rotherham Council has formally ratified the proposal for the Sheffield City Region economic devolution agreement.
3 March 2016
Rotherham Council reacts to today's verdict in the Operation Clover trial.
24 February 2016
Rotherham Council has published its budget recommendations for 2016/17.
18 February 2016
Rotherham Council has today welcomed the return of some of its powers.
11 February 2016
Rotherham Council has appointed its new Strategic Director of Regeneration & Environment, the fourth appointment of the authority’s new permanent senior leadership team in 2016.
4 February 2016
The return of some decision-making powers to Rotherham Council moved a step closer today (January 21).
21 January 2016
People are being asked for their views on how Rotherham Council proposes to save almost £21m from its budget over the next financial year.
20 January 2016
Business leaders are being urged to support the proposed Devolution Deal for Sheffield City Region.
31 December 2015
Rotherham councillors are set to take back some decision-making powers from Commissioners.
17 December 2015
A new Assistant Chief Executive has been appointed by a Member-led panel at Rotherham Council.
16 December 2015
A new-look Advisory Cabinet has been announced by Rotherham Council Leader, Cllr Chris Read.
14 December 2015
Residents and businesses are invite to have their say and get involved in the debate on the in-principle Sheffield City Region Devolution Deal with the Government.
2 December 2015
Schoolchildren from Rotherham put their communication skills to good use last week when they visited the Town Hall for a question and answer session in the Council Chamber.
1 December 2015
The Leader of Rotherham Council, in response to recent media speculation, has today confirmed that the Council will be looking to restructure the debt currently owed by Magna.
24 November 2015
A selection panel at Rotherham Council has announced the preferred candidate for the role of the organisation’s new Chief Executive.
12 November 2015
Rotherham Youth Cabinet has launched its manifesto for 2015-2016.
29 October 2015
The Mayor of Louisville, Kentucky, USA visited the Advanced Manufacturing Park at Catcliffe, Rotherham on Wednesday 21 October.
23 October 2015
Now in its 25th year, Rotherham’s unique tradition of having a ‘Little Mayor for the Day’ returns at the end of the month.
22 October 2015
Rotherham Council Leader Cllr Chris Read has extended a ‘big thank you’ to over 1,800 residents and workers who gave their time to take part in this summer’s Views from Rotherham consultation.
16 October 2015
Council leaders from the Sheffield City Region met with Chancellor George Osborne at Rotherham's Advanced Manufacturing Park today to announce a proposed agreement on the way forward for devolution.
2 October 2015
Responding to the statement issued by the Chief Constable and the Police and Crime Commissioner in relation to protests
The Leader of the Council and Commissioner Mary Ney have issued statements relating to those issued by the Chief Constable and Police and Crime Commissioner on Thursday.
11 September 2015
Visitors to the Council's website will see a new refreshed look – and an easier way to access news and information in one place – following a revamp of the site.
28 August 2015
A campaign to find a new generation of councillors with a commitment to represent local residents and a passion for change has been launched in Rotherham.
28 July 2015
Councillor Maggi Clark becomes the new Mayor of Rotherham at a civic ceremony to be held in the Town Hall on Friday May 22.
20 May 2015
Details of how decisions will be made by the Government-appointed Commissioners overseeing the Council – and how local people can get involved – have now been agreed.
23 April 2015
Rotherham Council is pledging to do more to protect children and young people in the town and to preserve the council services people value most in their upcoming budget.
20 February 2015
A meeting to discuss proposed changes to Rotherham's taxi licensing regulations has been cancelled in light of the recent government report.
9 February 2015
Two further Cabinet member resignations have been announced today.
5 February 2015
Statement from Jan Ormondroyd, Interim Chief Executive.
5 February 2015
The Council has issued the following statement in response to today's report:
4 February 2015
Cllr Paul Lakin has confirmed his resignation as Leader of Rotherham Borough Council with immediate effect. He will also stand down as local councillor for Rotherham’s Valley Ward.
4 February 2015
Louise Casey’s report on her inspection in Rotherham has been published.
4 February 2015
The Leader of Rotherham Borough Council today called on anyone who is in contact with victims of child sexual exploitation in the town to encourage them to use the services set up to support them.
29 January 2015
Councillors in Rotherham will consider further financial support for Magna to safeguard local jobs – but only if an urgent independent review of the trust’s future business viability is carried out.
29 January 2015
Organisations across the borough are pledging to stand together to keep Rotherham’s children safe.
24 November 2014
Rotherham Borough Council has appointed a new Strategic Director of Children’s Services.
6 November 2014
Cleaner Ian Drewett is one of nearly 1,500 Rotherham Council employees receiving the Living Wage for the first time this year as organisations across the country celebrate Living Wage week.
4 November 2014
Rotherham's taxi companies could face more stringent standards in the future.
22 October 2014
Response to the publication today (October 18) of the Home Affairs Committee Report
18 October 2014
The government has announced it is to appoint a Children's Social Care Commissioner to oversee children's and young people's services in Rotherham, for an initial period of three months.
7 October 2014
Charities and voluntary organisations in Rotherham are to be given more funding to help victims of child sexual exploitation, as the first allocations from a £120,000 funding package are determined.
2 October 2014
Details of a partnership board set up to steer further improvement by the Council following the publication of the Alexis Jay report have been announced.
25 September 2014
Statement from Rotherham Borough Council regarding Joyce Thacker:
19 September 2014
Cllr Paul Lakin, Leader of Rotherham Borough Council has announced the Council’s new Cabinet, after it was formally dissolved at a meeting of Full Council on Wednesday 10 September 2014.
12 September 2014
Statement delivered by Cllr Paul Lakin, Leader of the Council, at a meeting of the Council on Wednesday 10 September 2014:
11 September 2014
Martin Kimber is to step down as Chief Executive of Rotherham Borough Council.
8 September 2014
Statement from Martin Kimber, RMBC Chief Executive, regarding Joyce Thacker, RMBC Strategic Director for Children, Young People and Families
28 August 2014
Statement from Joyce Thacker, RMBC Strategic Director for Children, Young People and Families
28 August 2014
The Council's response to the Independent Inquiry from Alexis Jay:
26 August 2014
Today’s publication of Alexis Jay’s inquiry report has highlighted historic failings by Rotherham Borough Council and its partners in tackling the scourge that is child sexual exploitation.
26 August 2014
The Chairman of Rotherham's promotion-winning football team will gain the Freedom of the Borough this week.
13 August 2014
Cllr John Foden was elected Mayor of Rotherham for 2014/15 at a Full Council meeting on Wednesday 2 July.
3 July 2014
Tony Stewart, Chairman of Rotherham's promotion-winning football team, was given the green light to be made a Freeman of the Borough on Wednesday 2 July.
2 July 2014
One local resident has won big, and simplified her life, thanks to a new online feature offered by the Council.
13 May 2014
Consultation with local communities could lead to two more children's centres in Rotherham staying open following the 12 week consultation period that ended yesterday (Wednesday, April 30).
1 May 2014
Almost 1,500 of the Council’s lowest paid employees are set to benefit thanks to the introduction of a local living wage from October this year.
11 April 2014
The Council collected a much-needed additional £6 million in Council Tax and non-domestic rates in the last financial year - a welcome boost in the battle to provide vital front-line services.
8 April 2014
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4 March 2014
Frontline services will be protected as ‘as far as possible,’ resources will be targeted to help those most in need and communities will be encouraged to do more for themselves.
27 February 2014
The Council has been shortlisted for two different partnership projects in the national Local Government Chronicle (LGC) Awards.
14 January 2014
A Rawmarsh street has been named after one of Rotherham's most famous characters - the late civic chauffeur Fred Edwards.
28 November 2013