Rossendale Borough Council
Counting complete. After 13 of 13 seats declared.
- Councillors elected in 2021 total 8
- Councillors elected in 2021 change -2
- Councillors overall total 18
- Councillors elected in 2021 total 4
- Councillors elected in 2021 change +2
- Councillors overall total 15
- Councillors elected in 2021 total 1
- Councillors elected in 2021 change 0
- Councillors overall total 3
By Mike Stevens
Political reporter, BBC Radio Lancashire
Labour has lost control of Sheffield City Council, which is now under "no overall control".
The Green Party took five seats off Labour, while the Liberal Democrats won three.
Labour has also lost control of Rossendale council, ceding three seats to the Conservatives.
"Semi-rural" Rossendale has been "mopped up" in the latest lockdown measures because of where it is, rather than because it has a problem with a rise in Covid-19 cases, the local council leader has said.
It has been announced the area will be subject to the same new rules as neighbouring council regions, such as Blackburn with Darwen, Hyndburn and Burnley.
Council leader Alyson Barnes told BBC Breakfast the "semi-rural area" had no cases of coronavirus last Thursday and one the following day, which meant the "figures were then seen to have doubled", which put the area in a "red category".
She said the reality was that Rossendale had "some of the lowest figures in the country".Quote Message: We’re having to absorb these new instructions this morning, it doesn’t make any sense to me. from Alyson Barnes Rossendale council leader
There are 13 schools closed in Rossendale, five in Hyndburn, five in Blackburn, two in Chorley and one in Ormskirk.
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Labour has kept control of Rossendale, although the party did lose one seat to the Conservatives.
A council criticised by an ombudsman after a woman had to wait 16 weeks for a taxi licence has received a further reprimand from the watchdog.Copyright: Google
In July last year Local Government Ombudsman Michael King published a report recommending that Rossendale Borough Council should pay the woman £350 after finding it could not cope with the high volume of applications it received.
In a further report, he said the council refused to comply with his recommendations after officers "misrepresented" his investigation and gave "inaccurate advice" to councillors.
He said the council decided not to accept his finding of "fault causing injustice", but did not apply for a judicial review - which is the only way the authority challenge an ombudsman.
Mr King said the council should comply with his report and pay the £350, and also do the same for other people "similarly affected".
The ombudsman said he was left "particularly disappointed" by the authority's actions.
The BBC has approached the council for a comment.