Government finds 'compelling evidence' Rotherham abuse was ignored

The Home Affairs Committee has called for "greater transparency" after finding "compelling evidence" numerous complaints of abuse of children in Rotherham were ignored.

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Rotherham: "we mustn't forget that the criminals are the perpetrators"

A campaign group which has passed on damning evidence to the Home Affairs Select Committee, Parents Against Sexual Exploitation or PACE say they were ignored for many years by both Rotherham Council and South Yorkshire Police when they tried to tell them about the abuse that was going on in Rotherham.

Worse still, a key report which had been produced by a Home Office researcher went missing before it was presented to councillors some years ago.

Understandably, the Select Committee wants answers and says the public will look upon this as a deliberate cover-up.

Now - PACE are saying they have named names - and it's not just those people who've already resigned like the Police Commissioner Shaun Wright or Rotherham Council's head of children's services Joyce Thacker.

PACE said today we should never lose sight of what that report was about.

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Keith Vaz calls for Thacker to repay £40,000 Rotherham payoff

Keith Vaz has called on former strategic director of children's services Joyce Thacker, who quit following the Rotherham child exploitation scandal, to repay her £40,000 payoff.

Mrs Thacker was criticized for 'inaction' over cases of at least 1,400 children who had been exploited Credit: Press Association

Rotherham Borough Council disclosed the payment to Mrs Thacker in response to a Freedom of Information (FOI) request.

The council said it had reached a mutual agreement with Mrs Thacker on the termination of her contract and the sum was "less than the contractual notice requirement".

Keith Vaz, the chairman of an influential Commons committee that has looked into the Rotherham scandal, said he was "astounded" by the deal and called for the money to be repaid.

The scale of the abuse in Rotherham was revealed in August this year when Professor Alexis Jay published a report which outlined how at least 1,400 children had been sexually exploited between 1997 and 2003 and questioned why highly placed public figures had not tackled the problem.

I am astounded that taxpayers' money has been used in what will be seen as a reward for the failures of Rotherham Council.

The committee recommended Joyce Thacker, and others, resign for their inaction in light of the huge number of child sexual abuse cases. It was inappropriate of her to accept such a large sum when she left.

I hope action will be taken to ensure that this money is repaid, and that large pay offs cannot be given under similar circumstances in the future.

– Keith Vaz, Chairman of select committee investigating Rotherham

News of the deal with Mrs Thacker came as Mr Vaz's committee called for an urgent investigation into whether public officials sought to cover upthe extent of the scandal.

UKIP leader in Sheffield to support Clarkson ahead of PCC election

UKIP leader Nigel Farage is in Sheffield today to lend his support to Jack Clarkson ahead of the election to appoint a new Police and Crime Commissioner for South Yorkshire.

UKIP leader Nigel Farage with Jack Clarkson Credit: ITV Yorkshire

The pair are pictured at the National Emergency Service's Musuem in the city. Mr. Clarkson is standing as the UKIP candidate in the election on October the 30th.

It follows the resignation of Shaun Wright following the child sex abuse scandal in Rotherham.

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£40,000 pay-off for Rotherham official

A council at the centre of a child sexual exploitation scandal gave a £40,000 pay-off to an official who quit following a damning report into the events.

Rotherham's former director of children's services Joyce Thacker received a 40,000 pound pay-off. Credit: PA

Rotherham Borough Council disclosed the payment to former strategic director of children's services Joyce Thacker in response to a Freedom of Information request.

The council said it had reached a mutual agreement on the termination of her contract and the sum was "less than the contractual notice requirement".

The scale of the abuse in Rotherham was revealed in August this year when Professor Alexis Jay published a report which outlined how at least 1,400 children had been sexually exploited between 1997 and 2003 and questioned why highly placed public figures had not tackled the problem.

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MPs call for urgent investigation into child sex abuse 'cover-up'

An urgent investigation should be held into a potential cover up about the extent of child sex abuse in Rotherham - according to a group of MPs. The Home Affairs Select Committee's been told that files on child exploitation went missing from Rotherham Council. It is also calling for powers to sack Police and Crime Commissioners. Michael Billington reports.

'It's absolutely important files are found', says Rotherham MP

MPs are calling for an urgent investigation following claims a person stole files detailing the failures in tackling child sexual exploitation in Rotherham. MP Sarah Champion said it is 'absolutely important' the files are found because they contain witness and victims' evidence.

Home Affairs Select Committee: 'We couldn't believe stories that files had gone missing'

A report by the Home Affairs Committee said a former researcher, employed by Rotherham Borough Council, claimed someone gained access to her office and stole the files that were set to be passed to the Home Office. MP Keith Vaz has been talking to ITV Calendar about the suggestion of a 'cover-up'

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