Role of Commissioners
Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council is overseen by four Commissioners. They were appointed by Government in February 2015 after a number of reports highlighted serious failings across the authority.
On 11 February 2016, on recommendation from the Commissioners, the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government confirmed new directions that hand back some powers of functions to Members. These are:
- Education and schools; education for 14 to 19 years in all settings; school admissions and appeal system; youth services
- Public health
- Leisure services; events in parks and green spaces
- Customer and cultural services, libraries, arts, customer services and welfare programmes
- Planning and transportation policy; highways maintenance
- The Council’s area assembly system and neighbourhood working; responsibilities under the Equalities Act
- Building regulation, drainage, car parking; business regulation and enforcement (not including licensing); emergency planning
- Financial services, including revenues and benefits (not including audit), ICT; legal and democratic services; corporate communications; corporate policy; procurement
- Policy arising from Sheffield City Region
The Commissioners have produced several key documents that are available to download.