The budget for children's social care was vastly overstretched in Rotherham, where 1,400 cases of child sexual exploitation was reported over a 16-year period, the author of the report said.
Professor Alexis Jay said that between 2000 and 2003, the budget had been overspent by nearly a million pounds. The report said:
The combined effect of changes to local authority funding in England has been a dramatic reduction in resources available to Rotherham and neighbouring Councils. By 2016, Rotherham will have lost 33% of its spending power in real terms compared to 2010/11.
These figures highlight the extreme pressure that reductions in public spending are placing on Councils such as Rotherham, which is faced with high demands for vulnerable children and families’ services, associated with significant levels of poverty and deprivation.
Children as young as 11 were raped by large groups of men, a new inquiry into child sexual exploitation in Rotherham has found.
A report into 16 years of child sexual abuse in Rotherham has concluded that the true scale of exploitation in the town will never be known.