Unless you’ve been hiding under a rock or living in a Yurt in Mongolia for the last 12 months you will be aware of the CSE scandal in Rotherham and the two inquiries into the systematic failures at RMBC. The Casey Report was published today.
Eric Pickles made a statement in the House of Commons about Rotherham’s appalling record of failure.. His statement is here:- http://www.parliamentlive.tv/Main/Player.aspx?meetingId=17120.
To summarise; RMBC is Not Fit For Purpose. The Council Cabinet has resigned. Paul Lakin has resigned as Leader and as a ward councillor. Five Commissioners will be appointed to run Rotherham MBC. All RMBC councillors have got to stand for re-election in 2016.
The Casey Report highlights the following;
a council in denial about serious and on-going safeguarding failures
an archaic culture of sexism, bullying and discomfort around race
failure to address past weaknesses, in particular in Children’s Social Care
weak and ineffective arrangements for taxi licensing which leave the public at risk
ineffective leadership and management, including political leadership, no shared vision, a partial management team and ineffective liaisons with partners.
a culture of covering up uncomfortable truths, silencing whistleblowers and paying off staff rather than dealing with difficult issues.
This report is a tribute to Labour’s complete and utter failure to safeguard young vulnerable people. Labour councillors failed on an epic scale to listen to anyone who brought these matters to their attention and failed to take any actions against others who played the ‘race card’.
The Casey Report is here: https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/401119/46966_Rotherham_Report_PRINT.pdf .
It is a document well worth reading to understand the scale of the sheer incompetence and denials revealed by the controlling Labour group. Read it and weep.
Vote Labour. Get Failure.