Role of Commissioners

Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council is overseen by three Commissioners. They were appointed by Government in February 2015 after a number of reports highlighted serious failings across the authority.

Since then, on recommendation from the Commissioners, the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government confirmed new directions that handed back some powers of functions to Members.

The majority of council services are now back under local democratic control.

Decision-making for the following services remain under the control of Commissioners:

  • Children's social care services
  • Performance management
  • Human resources
  • Waste collection
  • Community safety
  • Asset management

Decision-making powers for adult social care have also been returned to Rotherham councillors – but as work to modernise these services is underway, Commissioners would have additional oversight with the power to veto key service decisions should they have any concerns.

The Commissioners have produced several key documents that are available to download.

Download Commissioner documents

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