The entire cabinet at Rotherham Council has resigned at once, the authority has announced today.
The mass resignation comes after a damning report was published today slamming the council’s response to the findings of the Jay Report.
A statement from Rotherham Council said: “The author clearly has no confidence in the current political leadership of Rotherham Borough Council.
“As a Cabinet, whatever the details, as the political leadership of the council we must take responsibility. We therefore announce our intention to resign our positions as soon as transitional arrangements can be put in place.”
The report was not focused on the historic failures in the Jay Report, but was investigating how Rotherham Council responded to the claims in the report and the state of the authority today.
It concluded that the council is not fit for purpose.
It said there is still a pervading denial about the scale and extent of the child abuse problem in the town.
The report’s executive summary said: “Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council is not fit for purpose. It is failing in its legal obligation to secure continuous improvement in the way in which it exercises its functions.
“In particular, it is failing in its duties to protect vulnerable children and young people from harm.
“This inspection revealed past and present failures to accept, understand and combat the issue of Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE), resulting in a lack of support for victims and insufficient action against known perpetrators.
“The Council’s culture is unhealthy: bullying, sexism, suppression and misplaced ‘political correctness’ have cemented its failures. The Council is currently incapable of tackling its weaknesses, without a sustained intervention.”