Letter: Council apology for failing to stop historical child abuse

Date published: 20 September 2017

Dear Editor,

Yet again Rochdale Council sidesteps the issues of child abuse, grooming and the like.

There is a crisis of confidence bubbling away in Rochdale which the council and its leader choose to ignore, they cherry pick the good news and fail to deal with the bad.

While the Chief Executive may well be sincere, his short tenure of office does little or nothing to address the issues emanating from this period of Rochdale Council’s past.

This responsibility rests with the council leader and his councillors, they are the people who are elected by the people to act and ensure safe, quality governance and protection of the electorates best interests and security. The Chief Executive and directors are not elected, they are employees of the council.

It is the elected councillors that should apologise on behalf of the past errors of previous councils, to make clear the measures taken to prevent re-occurrence, for they are the elected officers empowered by the electorate.

A letter signed by all councillors of all parties to this effect and published may inspire some confidence among the electorate and past victims.


Clive Jones

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