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Rotherham abuse: Council leader and cabinet to resign after damning report

Rotherham Borough Council's leader, Paul Lakin, and the authority's cabinet are to resign after a damning report into the authority found it was "not fit for purpose". Government-appointed commissioners are set to take over.

Louise Casey's report into the handling the grooming scandal in the borough - commissioned by Communities Secretary Eric Pickles - accused the council of attempts to cover-up evidence and past and present failures in leadership.

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Rotherham councillor: We did not act quickly enough

A Rotherham councillor has admitted the council did not act "quickly enough" to tackle child sexual exploitation in the South Yorkshire town.

Chris Read's comments come after a report published today found the council was "not fit for purpose", forcing the resignations of its entire cabinet.

Since the publication of the Jay Report, the council has begun to take measures to improve the support for victims. bringing in new management, and to tighten licencing controls.

Sadly, as the report today makes clear, we have not been able to do enough, quickly enough.

– Councillor Chris Read

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